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American English: /skɛr/
British English: /skɛː/

Translation of scare in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • (person/animal)
    I wasn't the least bit scared by it
    no me asustó nada
    no me dio nada de miedo
    you scared me!
    ¡qué susto me diste!
    Example sentences
    • A brave businesswoman who is scared stiff of sharks is set to take the charity plunge into a tank full of the fearsome fish.
    • Some are scared stiff of losing their work, others are pressured by family members not to complain.
    • But the upper class is scared stiff of his rise, and plots to foil his attempts through fraud.

intransitive verb

  • asustarse
    she doesn't scare easily
    no se asusta fácilmente


  • 1 (fright, shock) to give somebody a scare
    darle un susto a alguien
    you gave me the scare of my life!
    ¡me diste un susto de padre y señor mío!
    Example sentences
    • Megan immediately halted and leaned on the pole tip for support, gulping in air after the sudden scare.
    • Ivory's head snapped up to look him straight in the eyes, her face now a pale sheet of white from the sudden scare.
    • Which reminds me to mention a word of caution when managing cows around calving time, there is nothing like a good scare to make one realise the dangers of attack.
  • 2 (panic) (Journalism)the AIDS scare spread very rapidly
    el pánico del sida cundió muy rápidamente
    (before noun) scare campaign don't try and use scare tactics on us
    no intenten infundirnos miedo
    no intenten meternos miedo [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Commuters travelling on London Underground services last night were facing further disruption in the wake of the terror attacks and security scares.
    • The lake, which was closed due to bacteria scares in January 2002, faces a new crisis as low water levels threaten to close the recreational spot in the middle of the skiing season.
    • She was upset at having been implicated in causing a food scare and described the report as "absolute nonsense".

Phrasal verbs

scare away

scare off verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
these problems have scared away or off the tourists
estos problemas han ahuyentado a los turistas
he puts on this manner to scare people off
actúa así para que la gente no se le acerque or para asustar a la gente

scare up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (US)
[colloquial] (improvise)
(get) conseguir
agenciarse [colloquial]
we can scare something up for supper
podemos improvisar algo para la cena
Mom scared up some costumes from the attic
mamá se agenció algunos disfraces en el desván [colloquial]
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