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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 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.
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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 involves risk:

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)

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dare

However, the vulnerable supplier does not dare enforce the sanctions even when clearly supported by the law, for fear of losing orders.
We hardly dare state the obvious that to cross a frontier illegally without a visa or residence permit is an illicit act and should be treated as such.
If we are to become this competitive economy, the world's most competitive by 2010, should we also dare to try new ways?
With regard to the ageing population, nobody will dare suggest that we finally return to a true pro-family policy that encourages a higher birth rate.
Most of all, will they dare to prevent these companies from causing damage by forcing them to adopt precautionary measures, even if these eat into their profits?
I can quite imagine that in 10 or 20 years' time we shall have to be dealing with very different projects about which we dare not even think today.
We would only dare call the snake pit of unaccountable monopolies which find it easy to spring up, spread and act with impunity in cyberspace 'safe harbours' euphemistically.
I think that it is regrettable for our children, as well as future generations, if we do not dare go ahead.
If you as a temporary worker dare to question the conditions in which you find yourself, you may actually find that you are never employed by that particular company again.
One may perhaps dare to imagine a light at the end of the tunnel, but the journey there will not be smooth.