Meaning of "dare" in Essential American English Dictionary


verb us /deər/ present participle daring, past tense and past participle dared
dare (to) do something

to be brave enough to do something:

I didn’t dare tell Dad that I’d scratched his car.
dare someone to do something

to try to make someone do something dangerous:

She dared her friend to climb onto the roof.
don’t you dare!

used to tell someone angrily not to do something:

Don’t you dare try to stop me!
how dare she, you, etc.

said when you are very angry about something someone has done:

How dare you talk to me like that!

(Definition of “dare” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)