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"scare" in British English

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scareverb [I or T]

uk   /skeər/  us   /sker/

scarenoun

uk   /skeər/  us   /sker/
[S] a ​suddenfeeling of ​fear or ​worry: I got/had a scare (= I was very ​worried) when I ​looked at my ​bankstatement this ​morning! You gave us a ​real scare (= ​frightened us) when you ​fainted, you ​know. [C] an ​occasion when a ​subjectreceives a lot of ​publicattention and ​worries many ​people, often when there is no ​realdanger: a bomb/​health scare The ​government are ​accused of ​employing scare tactics (= ​ways of ​frighteningpeople in ​order to ​persuade them to do something). The ​papers have been ​publishing scare stories (= ​newspaperreports which make ​peoplefeelunnecessarilyworried) about the ​mysteryvirus.
(Definition of scare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scareverb [I/T]

 us   /skeər/
to ​feelfrightened, or to ​cause someone to ​feelfrightened: [T] Snakes scare me. [I] Jesse doesn’t scare ​easily.

scarenoun [C]

 us   /sker, skær/
a ​strong, ​suddenfeeling of being ​frightened: You gave me a ​real scare.
a ​situation in which ​people are very ​afraid that something ​bad will ​happen: After his ​health scare, he ​startedexercising more.
(Definition of scare from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “scare”
in Korean 놀래키다…
in Arabic يَخاف…
in Malaysian menakutkan…
in French faire peur (à)…
in Russian пугать…
in Chinese (Traditional) (使)驚恐,(使)害怕, 受驚嚇,感到害怕…
in Italian spaventare, far paura a…
in Turkish korkutmak…
in Polish przestraszyć, wystraszyć…
in Spanish asustar…
in Vietnamese làm kinh hãi…
in Portuguese assustar…
in Thai กลัว…
in German erschrecken…
in Catalan espantar…
in Japanese ~を怖がらせる, おびえさせる…
in Chinese (Simplified) (使)惊恐,(使)害怕, 受惊吓,感到害怕…
in Indonesian membuat takut…
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