Meaning of “scare” in the English Dictionary

"scare" in British English

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scareverb [ I or T ]

uk /skeər/ us /sker/


uk /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.

[ 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 papers have been publishing scare stories (= newspaper reports which make people feel unnecessarily worried) about the mystery virus.

(Definition of “scare” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scareverb [ I/T ]

us /skeər/

scarenoun [ C ]

us /sker, skær/

a strong, sudden feeling 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 started exercising more.

(Definition of “scare” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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