dare: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (dâr), [key]
— v., pres. sing. 3rd pers. n. dared durst dared daring daresordare,
  1. to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough: You wouldn't dare!
  1. to have the boldness to try; venture; hazard.
  2. to meet defiantly; face courageously.
  3. to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy: to dare a man to fight.
  4. daresay.
—auxiliary v.
  1. to have the necessary courage or boldness to (used chiefly in questions and negatives): How dare you speak to me like that? He dare not mention the subject again.
  1. an act of daring or defiance; challenge.


Pronunciation: (dâr), [key]
  1. 1587–?, first child born of English parents in the Western Hemisphere.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Dictionary of American Regional English.
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