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frighten

fright·en

frighten

 
pronunciation:
fraI tn
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: frightened, frightening, frightens
definition 1: to make fearful or terrified.
The thunder frightened the children.Reports of an escaped convict with a gun frightened the community.
synonyms:
funk, panic, scare, terrify, terrorize
similar words:
alarm, chill, dismay, horrify, intimidate, petrify, threaten, unnerve
definition 2: to cause to move away suddenly by inducing fear (usu. fol. by away or off).
The fierce dog frightened off most visitors to the house.
synonyms:
alarm, scare, startle
similar words:
agitate, disturb, panic
derivations: frightening (adj.), frighteningly (adv.)
Word Builder: frighten +
  • frightened:
    having caused fear in.
  • frightening:
    causing fear; scary.
Word Parts
The word frighten contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.