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English definition of “scare”

scare

noun     /skeər/ US  /sker/
[S] a sudden feeling of fear or worry: I got/had a scare (= I was very worried) when I looked at my bank statement this morning! You gave us a real scare (= frightened us) when you fainted, you know.Fear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words [C] an occasion when a subject receives a lot of public attention and worries many people, often when there is no real danger: a bomb/health scare The government are accused of employing scare tactics (= ways of frightening people in order to persuade them to do something). The press have been publishing scare stories (= newspaper reports which make people feel unnecessarily worried) about the mystery virus.Fear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words
(Definition of scare noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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