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English definition of “dare”


verb [I not continuous] (BE BRAVE/RUDE)    /deər/ US  /der/
B2 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 daresayTaking risksGambling and bookmaking daresayGrammar:DareDare is both a main verb and a semi-modal verb.Grammar:Dare, need, ought toandused to (semi-modal verbs)Dare, need, ought to and used to are often called semi-modal because in some ways they are formed like modal verbs and in some ways they are like other main verbs.
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