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scare

scare

 
 
pronunciation:
skeIr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scared, scares, scaring
definition: to frighten or startle (someone).
Don't say horrible things like that; you'll scare the children.The noise from that firecracker scared me.
 
synonyms:
frighten, spook, startle
antonyms:
calm
similar words:
alarm, appall, chill, disquiet, disturb, panic, surprise, terrify
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become filled with fear.
The injured puppy scared easily.
synonyms:
spook
similar words:
start, startle
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sensation of fear, esp. fear which is later shown to be unwarranted.
Her sudden strange behavior gave us a scare, but she was only joking around.
synonyms:
alarm, fear, fright
definition 2: a period or state of feeling threatened by something.
She had a cancer scare, but the tests showed only a benign tumor.Many parents refused to send their children to school even after the bomb scare had ended.
synonyms:
panic
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  • scared:
    feeling fright.
  • scary:
    causing fear.
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