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[dair] /dɛər/
verb (used without object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; past singular 3rd person dares or dare.
1.
to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough:
You wouldn't dare!
verb (used with object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; past singular 3rd person dares or dare.
2.
to have the boldness to try; venture; hazard.
3.
to meet defiantly; face courageously.
4.
to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy:
to dare a man to fight.
auxiliary verb
5.
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.
noun
6.
an act of daring or defiance; challenge.
Idioms
7.
dare say, daresay.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English dar (v.), Old English dear(r), 1st and 3rd person singular present indicative of durran; akin to Old High German gitarran
Related forms
darer, noun
redare, verb (used with object), redared, redaring.
undared, adjective
Synonyms
1. Dare, venture imply involvement in risks and dangers. Dare emphasizes the state of mind that makes one willing to meet danger: He dared to do what he knew was right. Venture emphasizes the act of doing something that involves risk: He ventured into deep water. 2. hazard, risk, brave.
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Examples from the web for dared
  • But a few politicians have dared to question the view of terrorism as a peril to civilization.
  • Anyone who has dared venture into the public domain to discuss population issues can expect to be pilloried by all sides.
  • The creatures which dared to arise are called cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae.
  • Hence the pressure to remove editors who dared question the orthodoxy.
  • Those who dared speak out were usually silenced with a car bomb or a hail of bullets.
  • But hundreds of other hungry guests dared not move closer and risk losing their place in line for the food at the event.
  • All three of us are experienced climbers, but the terrain was as difficult as any of us dared tackle without ropes and hardware.
  • The strikers had broad public support, and few people dared ride the streetcars until the dispute was settled, months later.
  • Then he dared speak up, to the police and other authorities, demanding to use the new village well.
  • It is so tough that only a few of us dared to go up.
British Dictionary definitions for dared

dare

/dɛə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to challenge (a person to do something) as proof of courage
2.
(can take an infinitive with or without to) to be courageous enough to try (to do something): she dares to dress differently from the others, you wouldn't dare!
3.
(transitive) (rare) to oppose without fear; defy
4.
I dare say, I daresay
  1. (it is) quite possible (that)
  2. probably: used as sentence substitute
noun
5.
a challenge to do something as proof of courage
6.
something done in response to such a challenge
Derived Forms
darer, noun
Usage note
When used negatively or interrogatively, dare does not usually add -s: he dare not come; dare she come? When used negatively in the past tense, however, dare usually adds -d: he dared not come
Word Origin
Old English durran; related to Old High German turran to venture
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Word Origin and History for dared

dare

v.

from first and third person singular of Old English durran "to brave danger, dare; venture, presume," from Proto-Germanic *ders- (cf. Old Norse dearr, Old High German giturran, Gothic gadaursan), from PIE *dhers- "to dare, be courageous" (cf. Sanskrit dadharsha "to be bold;" Old Persian darš- "to dare;" Greek thrasys "bold;" Old Church Slavonic druzate "to be bold, dare;" Lithuanian dristi "to dare," drasus "courageous").

An Old English irregular preterite-present verb: darr, dearst, dear were first, second and third person singular present indicative; mostly regularized 16c., though past tense dorste survived as durst, but is now dying, persisting mainly in northern English dialect. Meaning "to challenge or defy (someone)" is first recorded 1570s.

n.

1590s, from dare (v.).

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