dare

dare1 W3 [deə US der] v, modal v
1.) [I not in progressive]
to be brave enough to do something that is risky or that you are afraid to do - used especially in questions or negative sentences
He wanted to ask her, but he didn't dare.
'I'll tell Dad.' 'You wouldn't dare!'
dare (to) do sth
I daren't go home.
Only a few journalists dared to cover the story.
She hardly dared hope that he was alive.
Dare we admit this?
2.) how dare you
spoken said to show that you are very angry and shocked about what someone has done or said
How dare you accuse me of lying!
3.) don't you dare!
spoken said to warn someone not to do something because it makes you angry
Don't you dare talk to me like that!
4.) [T]
to try to persuade someone to do something dangerous or embarrassing as a way of proving that they are brave
dare sb to do sth
One night they dared Frank to steal a bottle of his father's whiskey.
So jump, then. I dare you .
5.) dare I say/suggest
spoken formal used when saying something that you think people may not accept or believe
I thought the play was, dare I say it, boring.
6.) I dare say also I daresay
spoken especially BrE used when saying or agreeing that something may be true
I dare say things will improve.
dare 2
dare2 n
something dangerous that you have dared someone to do
for a dare
BrE on a dare
AmE (=because someone has dared you to)
She ran across a busy road for a dare.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • dare — [lat. dare ] (pres. do /dɔ/ o dò [radd. sint.], dai, dà, diamo, date, danno ; imperf. davo, davi, ecc.; pass. rem. dièdi o dètti, désti, diède [poet. diè ] o dètte, démmo, déste, dièdero [poet. dièro ] o dèttero ; fut. darò, darai, ecc.; condiz.… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • dare (1) — {{hw}}{{dare (1)}{{/hw}}A v. tr.  (pres. io do , tu dai , egli dà , noi diamo , voi date , essi danno ; imperf. io davo ; pass. rem. io diedi  o detti , tu desti , egli diede  o dette , noi demmo , voi deste , essi diedero  o dettero ; fut. io… …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • dare — verb. 1. Dare is an example of a so called semi modal auxiliary verb, because, like the modal verbs can, may, should, etc., it is used in certain special ways, but unlike these fully modal verbs it can also behave like an ordinary verb. Its… …   Modern English usage

  • Dare — may refer to: Contents 1 Arts and entertainment 1.1 Music 2 Companies …   Wikipedia

  • Dare — Студийный альбом The Human League …   Википедия

  • Dare! — Studioalbum von The Human League Veröffentlichung 20. Oktober 1981 Label Virgin Records …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • dare — DÁRE, dări, s.f. Acţiunea de a da2. ♢ loc. adj. (Despre oameni) Cu dare de mână = înstărit, bogat. ♦ Dare de seamă = raport, referat asupra unei activităţi, unei gestiuni etc. într o anumită perioadă; prezentare critică a unei scrieri literare… …   Dicționar Român

  • Dare — steht für: Dare (Automobil), Automobil Dare!, Album der Band Human League Dare (Band), britische Rockband Dare (Film), US amerikanischer Spielfilm von 2009 Dare (Magazin), Kunstmagazin Dare (Dili), ein Ort in Osttimor (Subdistrikt Dili) Ortsteil… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dare — (d[^a]r), v. i. [imp. {Durst} (d[^u]rst) or {Dared} (d[^a]rd); p. p. {Dared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Daring}.] [OE. I dar, dear, I dare, imp. dorste, durste, AS. ic dear I dare, imp. dorste. inf. durran; akin to OS. gidar, gidorsta, gidurran, OHG. tar …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Darè —   Comune   Comune di Darè …   Wikipedia

  • dare — [der, dar] vi. DARED, daring; 3d pers. sing., pres. indic., dare, dared, dares [ME dar, der < OE dear, dearr, 1st pers. sing., pres. indic. of durran, to dare < IE base * dhers , to dare > Gr tharsein, to be bold] to have enough courage… …   English World dictionary

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