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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)







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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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