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frighten

fright·en

frighten

 
 
pronunciation:
fraI tn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: frightened, frightening, frightens
definition 1: to cause fear in; scare.
The growling dog frightened the children.
synonyms:
scare, terrify, terrorize
similar words:
alarm, dismay, horrify, petrify, threaten
definition 2: to cause to move away suddenly by causing fear (usually followed by "away" or "off").
The scarecrow will frighten away the crows.
synonyms:
scare, startle
similar words:
agitate, disturb, panic
derivations: frightening (adj.), frighteningly (adv.)
Word Builder: frighten +
  • frightened:
    having caused fear in.
  • frightening:
    causing fear; scary.
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