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Dictionary Definition

dare n : a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy; "he could never refuse a dare" [syn: daring]


1 take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission; "How dare you call my lawyer?" [syn: make bold, presume]
2 to be courageous enough to try or do something; "I don't dare call him", "she dares to dress differently from the others"
3 challenge; "I dare you!" [syn: defy]

User Contributed Dictionary



From durran.



  1. To have enough courage (to do something).
    I wouldn't dare argue with my boss.
  2. To defy or challenge (someone to do something)
    I dare you to kiss that girl.
  3. To have enough courage to meet or do something, go somewhere, etc.; to face up to
    Will you dare death to reach your goal?

Usage notes

  • Dare is a semi-modal verb. The speaker can choose whether to use the auxiliary "to" when forming negative and interrogative sentences. For example, "I don't dare (to) go" and "I dare not go" are both correct. Similarly "Dare you go?" and "Do you dare (to) go?" are both correct.
  • In negative and interrogative sentences where "do" is not used, the third-person singular form of the verb is usually "dare" and not "dares": "Dare he go? He dare not go."
  • Colloquially, "dare not" can be contracted to "daren't".
  • The expression dare say, used almost exclusively in the first-person singular and in the present tense, means "think probable". It is also spelt daresay.

See also


to have courage
to defy or challenge
to brave or face up to


  1. A challenge to prove courage.


a challenge

Crimean Tatar






  • [ˈdare]


  1. To give, to transfer the possession/holding of something to someone else.


Usage notes
Imperatives compounded with pronouns



  1. who, whom, whose



la-verb-form dare

Extensive Definition

A dare is a risky challenge one person suggests to another, to try to get the person to prove their courage.
Dare may also refer to:




See also

dare in German: Dare
dare in French: Dare
dare in Dutch: Dare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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