dare Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "dare" - English Dictionary

See all translations

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.
See also
More examples

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…
(Definition of dare from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dare?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “dare” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
poke

to greet someone on a social networking website by leaving them a special short message

Word of the Day

The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
by Liz Walter,
June 24, 2015
Look at these two sentences: My sister made the cake. The cake was made by my sister. Both these sentences mean the same. The first is an active sentence: it tells you what the sister did. The second is a passive sentence: it tells you what happened to the cake. Here are

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More