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Definitions for frighten
ˈfraɪt nfright·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frighten, fright, scare, affrightverb

    cause fear in

    "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"

  2. frightenverb

    drive out by frightening


  1. frightenverb

    To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Frightenverb

    To terrify; to shock with dread.

    The rugged bear’s, or spotted lynx’s brood,
    Frighten the valleys and infest the wood. Matthew Prior.


  1. frighten

    To frighten is to cause fear or anxiety in someone, typically through a threat, a sudden alarming event, or the presentation of something perceived as dangerous or unpleasant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frightenverb

    to disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify

  2. Etymology: [See Fright, v. t.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frighten' in Verbs Frequency: #976

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frighten in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frighten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of frighten in a Sentence

  1. Alexis Tsipras:

    If they're doing it to frighten us, the answer is: we will not be frightened, the Greek government is determined to stick to the Feb. 20 agreement. However, we demand the same from our partners. Let them stop unilateral actions, respecting the agreement they signed.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    Strangers frighten me. They remind me of you. Blood spills into the tub. Cramped quarters. Essence of fire. And garlic. Sweaty palms and images of the Diva rock me. Is it too late? Is it? Strangers frighten me. I dance puppet steps killing me hundreds of times over and over; I have a sickness to battle with you always there waiting.

  3. Bill Cosby:

    People will frighten you about a graduation....They use words you don't hear often... 'And we wish you Godspeed.' It is a warning, Godpeed. It means you are no longer welcome here at these prices.

  4. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.

  5. Jeremy Goldkorn:

    They are now putting these measures in place to make sure it doesn't become an ideological threat, this helps them better micromanage the content and frighten Internet companies into complying with regulations.

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