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“frighten” in British English

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frightenverb [ T ]

uk /ˈfraɪ.tən/ us /ˈfraɪ.tən/

B2 to make someone feel fear:

He frightens me when he drives so fast.
You'll frighten the baby wearing that mask.
The noise frightened me to death/out of my wits (= gave me a severe fright).

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  • They fired off several shots to frighten us.
  • The fast-moving traffic frightened the horse.
  • I was frightened by the anger in his voice.
  • He frightens people by creeping up on them.
  • Don't let her frighten you, her bark is worse than her bite.

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

“frighten” in American English

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frightenverb [ T ]

us /ˈfrɑɪ·tən/

to make someone feel fear:

Be quiet or you’ll frighten the deer.
frightened
adjective us /ˈfrɑɪ·tənd/

She was too frightened to enter the room alone.

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

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