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dareverb

uk   /deər/  us   /der/

dare verb (BE BRAVE/RUDE)

B2 [I not continuous] to be brave enough to do something difficult or dangerous, or to be rude or silly enough to do something that you have no right to do: I was going to ask if his dog was better, but I didn't dare in case she had died. [+ (to) infinitive] Everyone in the office complains that he smells awful, but nobody dares (to) mention it to him. [+ infinitive without to] I wouldn't dare have a party in my flat in case the neighbours complained. Dare you tell him the news? I don't dare think how much it's going to cost.UK I daren't think how much it's going to cost.UK Do you dare (to) tell him the news? I'd never dare (to) talk to my mother the way Brandon talks to his. [+ to infinitive] He was under attack for daring to criticize the mayor.
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dare verb (ASK)

C1 [T] to ask someone to do something that involves risk: Wear the low-cut blouse with your pink shorts - go on, I dare you! [+ to infinitive] I dare you to ask him to dance.

darenoun [C]

uk   /deər/  us   /der/
something you do because someone dares you to: He jumped in the river at twelve o'clock last night as (also US on/UK for) a dare.
Translations of “dare”
in Spanish atraverse, osar, desafiar…
in Vietnamese dám, thách thức…
in Thai กล้า, ท้าทาย…
in Malaysian berani, bertaruh…
in French oser, défier…
in German wagen, herausfordern…
in Indonesian berani, menantang…
in Chinese (Simplified) 勇敢/鲁莽, 敢于, 胆敢…
in Chinese (Traditional) 勇敢/魯莽, 敢於, 膽敢,竟敢…
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