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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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scareverb [I or T]

uk   /skeər/ us   /sker/

scarenoun

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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