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dare

verb 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 any better, but I didn't dare in case it had died. [+ (to) infinitive] Everyone in the office complains that he smells awful, but nobody dares (to) mention it to him. Do you dare (to) tell him the news? [+ 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 daren't/don't dare think how much it's going to cost. I'd never dare (to) talk to my mother the way Ben talks to his. [+ to infinitive] He was under attack for daring to criticize the prime minister.
See also
Taking risksGambling and bookmaking

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.Making appeals and requests

dare

noun [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/for (US on) a dare.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
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