ginny dare


Virginia, 1587–?, first child born of English parents in the Western Hemisphere. Unabridged
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dare (dɛə)
1.  (tr) 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.  rare (tr) to oppose without fear; defy
4.  I dare say, I daresay
 a.  (it is) quite possible (that)
 b.  probably: used as sentence substitute
5.  a challenge to do something as proof of courage
6.  something done in response to such a challenge
[Old English durran; related to Old High German turran to venture]
usage  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

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Word Origin & History

O.E. durran "to brave danger," from P.Gmc. *ders-, from PIE *dhers- (cf. Skt. dadharsha "to be bold," O.Pers. dar- "to dare," Gk. thrasys "bold," O.C.S. druzate "to be bold, dare"). An O.E. 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 Eng. dialect. Meaning "to challenge or defy (someone)" is first recorded 1570s.
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