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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dare, daringverb

    a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy

    "he could never refuse a dare"

  2. make bold, dare, presumeverb

    take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission

    "How dare you call my lawyer?"

  3. dareverb

    to be courageous enough to try or do something

    "I don't dare call him", "she dares to dress differently from the others"

  4. defy, dareverb


    "I dare you!"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dareverb

    to have adequate or sufficient courage for any purpose; to be bold or venturesome; not to be afraid; to venture

    Etymology: [See Dace.]

  2. Dareverb

    to have courage for; to attempt courageously; to venture to do or to undertake

    Etymology: [See Dace.]

  3. Dareverb

    to challenge; to provoke; to defy

    Etymology: [See Dace.]

  4. Darenoun

    the quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness; dash

    Etymology: [See Dace.]

  5. Darenoun

    defiance; challenge

    Etymology: [See Dace.]

  6. Dareverb

    to lurk; to lie hid

    Etymology: [See Dace.]

  7. Dareverb

    to terrify; to daunt

    Etymology: [See Dace.]

  8. Darenoun

    a small fish; the dace

    Etymology: [See Dace.]


  1. Dare

    "Dare" is a song by British alternative band Gorillaz, taken as the second single from their second studio album, Demon Days.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dare

    dār, v.i. to be bold enough: to venture:—pa.t. durst.—v.t. to challenge: to defy.—n. (Shak.) boldness, a challenge.—n. Dare′-dev′il, a rash, venturesome fellow.—adj. unreasonably rash and reckless.—adjs. Dare′ful (Shak.), full of daring, adventurous; Dar′ing, bold: courageous: fearless.—n. boldness.—n. Dar′ing-do (see Derring-doe).—adj. Dar′ing-hard′y (Shak.), foolhardy.—adv. Dar′ingly.—I dare say, I suppose. [A.S. durran, pres. dearr; Goth. daursan; akin to Gr. tharsein.]

  2. Dare

    dār, v.t. to frighten, terrify. [M. E. daren, to be in fear; cf. Dan. dirre, to tremble.]

  3. Dare

    dār. Same as Dace.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dare

    An old word for to challenge, or incite to emulation; still in full use.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dare' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3192

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dare' in Verbs Frequency: #657

Anagrams for dare »

  1. dear, 'eard, rade, Read, read

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dare in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dare in a Sentence

  1. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    I presume that if this wreckage does turn out to be from a Boeing 777 that the analysts will do their best ... to try to work out exactly where it came from, i don't know how accurate that will be but I dare say it will give us some more evidence and it might enable us to further refine the search area, it might.

  2. Nurcahyo Utomo:

    It was detected within a wide area, which needs to be combed by divers, right now, I would not dare to say if it's from the black boxes.

  3. George Gordon Noel Byron:

    Those who will not reason are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Have you learned anything positive from anyone or from anywhere? If Yes! then, dare to teach or educate the world right here and even beyond here. Moreover, if you've got anything worth sharing out. Then, go ahead and share it all with someone else or others right here or out there. Because, you've been taught and given in order to share it all with someone else or others and not at all to withhold it (mark you). -Emeasoba George


    It takes courage to take risks. Yes! until and unless you are courageous you cannot and will not dare to take risks. Now, that is to say, whoever that is reluctant to take risks is a coward. So come on, don't be a coward. Rather, dare to take risks. ~Emeasoba George

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  • durf, daag, uitdaag, uitdagingAfrikaans
  • واجه, جرؤ, تحدى, تجرؤArabic
  • смяяцца, пасмяяццаBelarusian
  • смея, осмелявам се, предизвиквам, предизвикателство, дръзвамBulgarian
  • riskovat, odvažovat se, vyzvatCzech
  • riskieren, herausfordern, Mutprobe, wagen, trotzenGerman
  • τολμώGreek
  • aŭdaciEsperanto
  • desafío, afrontar, desafiar, retar, reto, enfrentarSpanish
  • جرات کنPersian
  • haastaa, uhmata, haaste, uskaltaaFinnish
  • défi, oser, affronter, défierFrench
  • doareWestern Frisian
  • merészel, merHungarian
  • defia, defiar, osarInterlingua
  • audacarIdo
  • osareItalian
  • 堪える, 思い切ってする, 冒す, 敢えてするJapanese
  • audeoLatin
  • drīkstētLatvian
  • cabarMalay
  • tarten, riskeren, uitdaging, durven, wagen, uitdagen, durfDutch
  • våge, risikere, utfordring, utfordre, tørNorwegian
  • desafiar, desafioPortuguese
  • cuteza, îndrăzni, încumetaRomanian
  • рискнуть, смело смотреть в лицо, осмелиться, посметь, подзадоривать, дерзнуть, отважиться, бросать вызов, дерзать, рисковать, отваживаться, подзадорить, осмеливаться, сметьRussian
  • odvážiť saSlovak
  • upati siSlovene
  • utmana, töras, tordas, våga, riskeraSwedish
  • cesaret etmekTurkish
  • ہمتUrdu
  • dámVietnamese

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    expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
    • A. defiant
    • B. eminent
    • C. butch
    • D. articulate

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