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"dare" in British English

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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 ​officecomplains that he ​smellsawful, but nobody dares (to)mention it to him. [+ infinitive without to] I wouldn't dare have a ​party in my ​flat in ​case the ​neighbourscomplained. 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 tocriticize the ​mayor.
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  • dare verb (ASK)

C1 [T] to ​ask someone to do something that ​involvesrisk: Wear the ​low-cutblouse with ​yourpinkshorts - go on, I dare you! [+ to infinitive] I dare you toask him to ​dance.

darenoun [C]

uk   /deər/  us   /der/
(Definition of dare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dareverb

 us   /deər/
  • dare verb (BE BRAVE)

(present tense dares or dare) to be ​brave enough to do something ​difficult or ​dangerous or that you should not do: [T] She wouldn’t dare go out ​alone there at ​night. [I] He ​wanted to ​touch it, but he didn’t dare. [+to infinitive] I can’t ​believe you dare to ​talk to me this way!
  • dare verb (ASK)

[T] to ​ask someone to do something that ​involvesrisk: I dare you to ​ask him to ​dance.

darenoun [C]

 /der, dær/
  • dare noun [C] (BRAVE ACT)

something ​difficult or ​dangerous that you do because someone ​asks you to do it: He ​jumped into the ​river on a dare.
(Definition of dare from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dare”
in Vietnamese dám, thách thức…
in Spanish atraverse, osar, desafiar…
in Malaysian berani, bertaruh…
in Thai กล้า, ท้าทาย…
in French oser, défier…
in German wagen, herausfordern…
in Chinese (Traditional) 勇敢/魯莽, 敢於, 膽敢,竟敢…
in Chinese (Simplified) 勇敢/鲁莽, 敢于, 胆敢…
in Indonesian berani, menantang…
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