What does dare mean?

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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!"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Darenoun

    Defiance; challenge.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Sextus Pompeius
    Hath given the dare to Cæsar, and commands
    The empire of the sea. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.

  2. To Dareverb

    To challenge; to defy.

    I never in my life
    Did hear challenge urg’d more modestly,
    Unless a brother should a brother dare
    To gentle exercise and proof of arms. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Here she stands:
    Take but possession of her with a touch;
    I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. William Shakespeare.

    He had many days, in this proud manner, come half seas over; and sometimes passing further, came and lay at the mouth of the harbour, and, as it were, daring them to fight. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Masters of the arts of policy thought that they might even defy and dare providence to the face. South.

    All cold, but in her breast, I will despise;
    And dare all heat but that in Celia’s eyes. Wentworth Dillon.

    Time! I dare thee to discover
    Such a youth, and such a lover. Dryden.

    Presumptuous wretch! with mortal art to dare
    Immortal power, and brave the thunderer. George Granville.

  3. To DAREverb

    pret. I durst; part. I have dared. To have courage for any purpose; not to be afraid; to adventure; to be adventurous.

    Etymology: dearran , Saxon; derren, Dutch

    I say ’tis copper. Dar’st thou be as good as thy word now?
    —— Why, Hal, thou know’st, as thou art but a man, I dare; but as thou art a prince, I fear thee. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    I dare do all that may become a man;
    Who dares do more, is none. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    They are both hanged; and so would this be, if he durst steal any thing advent’rously. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Neither of them was of that temper as to dare any dangerous fact. Haywood.

    The father bore it with undaunted soul,
    Like one who durst his destiny controul. Dryden.

    Deliberate and well-weighed courage knows both to be cautious and to dare, as occasion offers. Dryden.

    We dare not build much upon such a notion or doctrine, ’till it be very fully examined. Isaac Watts, Improv. of the Mind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dareverb

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

  2. Dareverb

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

  3. Dareverb

    to challenge; to provoke; to defy

  4. Darenoun

    the quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness; dash

  5. Darenoun

    defiance; challenge

  6. Dareverb

    to lurk; to lie hid

  7. Dareverb

    to terrify; to daunt

  8. Darenoun

    a small fish; the dace

  9. 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. Mickey Mehta:

    Be bold & genuine, dare to walk in the uncharted territories, follow your feelings passionately, however unusual without the fear of being criticized, follow it through and get MickeyMized!

  2. Robert Hannigan:

    To do our job, which is solving some of the hardest technology problems the world faces for security reasons, we need all talents and we need people who dare to think differently and be different, we need different backgrounds, experiences, intellects, sexualities, because it is in mixing all of those together that you get the creativity and innovation we desperately need.

  3. Whoopi Goldberg:

    Do any of you men have any eggs or the possibility of carrying a fetus? How dare you talk about fetus wants? You have no idea, i’m fine if you disagree with abortion, I have no problem with that. My problem comes when you tell me what I need to do with my doctor and my family. How dare you. How dare you!

  4. William Fullbright:

    We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about 'unthinkable things' because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.

  5. Kelly Dodd:

    Andy Cohen came after me. Because we had our wedding on 10/10 then filmed the reunion ? andy Cohen was like ‘ how dare you go travel and have a wedding in a pandemic ? How could you ? ’.

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Translations for dare

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  • durf, uitdaag, daag, uitdagingAfrikaans
  • تجرؤ, واجه, جرؤ, تحدىArabic
  • пасмяяцца, смяяццаBelarusian
  • смея, предизвиквам, предизвикателство, осмелявам се, дръзвамBulgarian
  • odvažovat se, vyzvat, riskovatCzech
  • Mutprobe, herausfordern, riskieren, trotzen, wagenGerman
  • τολμώGreek
  • aŭdaciEsperanto
  • afrontar, enfrentar, desafiar, retar, desafío, retoSpanish
  • جرات کنPersian
  • haaste, uskaltaa, uhmata, haastaaFinnish
  • défier, défi, affronter, oserFrench
  • doareWestern Frisian
  • merészel, merHungarian
  • defiar, osar, defiaInterlingua
  • audacarIdo
  • osareItalian
  • 思い切ってする, 冒す, 堪える, 敢えてするJapanese
  • audeoLatin
  • drīkstētLatvian
  • cabarMalay
  • durf, uitdagen, wagen, tarten, uitdaging, durven, riskerenDutch
  • våge, risikere, utfordring, utfordre, tørNorwegian
  • desafio, desafiarPortuguese
  • încumeta, cuteza, îndrăzniRomanian
  • подзадорить, сметь, подзадоривать, посметь, смело смотреть в лицо, осмелиться, дерзнуть, осмеливаться, рискнуть, отважиться, отваживаться, рисковать, бросать вызов, дерзатьRussian
  • odvážiť saSlovak
  • upati siSlovene
  • tordas, utmana, riskera, töras, vågaSwedish
  • cesaret etmekTurkish
  • ہمتUrdu
  • dámVietnamese

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    restricted to a particular condition of life
    • A. disturb
    • B. emerge
    • C. interrupt
    • D. obligate

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