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parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun, auxiliary verb
grammatical pattern:
verb + inf, verb smby + inf, modal verb + bare inf.
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: dares, daring, dared
definition: to be courageous enough or reckless enough to do something.
She dared to tell the truth when everyone else was silent.[verb + inf ] He would never dare to do the wild and adventurous things his brother did.[verb + inf ]
similar words:
adventure, venture
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to provoke or challenge (someone) into doing something dangerous or adventurous as a test of courage.
The other kids dared him to jump off the bridge.[verb smby + inf ]
challenge, defy
similar words:
provoke, taunt
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part of speech: noun
definition: an act of daring; challenge.
He jumped into the river on a dare.They knocked on the door of the dilapidated old house as part of a dare.
similar words:
bet, challenge, provocation
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part of speech: auxiliary verb
definition: (somewhat old-fashioned) to have the courage or audacity to do something (usu. used in the negative or interrogative)
Do I dare tell her the truth?[modal verb + bare inf. ] How dare you accuse me of such a thing![modal verb + bare inf. ] I dare not see you tonight, though I dearly wish it![modal verb + bare inf. ]
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  behavior, fear