synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of dare in English

English Online Dictionary. What means dare‎? What does dare mean?

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɛə(ɹ)/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /dɛ(ə)ɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)

From Middle English durren, from Old English durran, from Proto-West Germanic *durʀan, from Proto-Germanic *durzaną (to dare), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰedʰórse (to dare), reduplicated stative of the root *dʰers- (to be bold, to dare), an *-s- extension of *dʰer- (to hold, support).

dare (third-person singular simple present dare or dares or (archaic) dast, present participle daring, simple past and past participle dared or (archaic) durst)

  1. (intransitive) To have enough courage (to do something).
  2. (transitive) To defy or challenge (someone to do something)
  3. (transitive) To have enough courage to meet or do something, go somewhere, etc.; to face up to
    Will you dare death to reach your goal?
  4. (transitive) To terrify; to daunt.
  5. (transitive) To catch (larks) by producing terror through the use of mirrors, scarlet cloth, a hawk, etc., so that they lie still till a net is thrown over them.
  • Dare is a semimodal verb. When used as an auxiliary, the speaker can choose whether to use do-support and the auxiliary "to" when forming negative and interrogative sentences. For example, "I don't dare (to) go", "I dare not go", "I didn't dare (to) go", and "I dared not go" are all correct. Similarly "Dare you go?", "Do you dare (to) go?", "Dared you go?", and "Did you dare (to) go?" are all correct. When not an auxiliary verb, it is different: "I dared him to do it." usually is not written as "I dared him do it.", and "Did you dare him to do it?" is almost never written as "Dared you him do it?"
  • In negative and interrogative sentences where "do" is not used, the third-person singular form of the verb is usually "dare" and not "dares": "Dare he go? He dare not go."
  • Colloquially, "dare not" can be contracted to "daren't". According to the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, "daren’t" is used occasionally in ordinary past time contexts (Kim daren’t tell them so I had to do it myself).
  • Rare regional forms dassn't and dasn't also exist in the present tense, and archaic forms dursn't and durstn't in the past tense.
  • The expression dare say, used almost exclusively in the first-person singular and in the present tense, means "think probable". It is also spelt daresay.
  • Historically, the simple past of dare was durst. In the first half of the 19th century it was overtaken by dared, which has been markedly more common ever since.
  • Appendix:English modal verbs

dare (plural dares)

  1. A challenge to prove courage.
  2. The quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness.
  3. Defiance; challenge.
  4. (games) In the game truth or dare, the choice to perform a dare set by the other players.
  • dairous
  • dareful

From Middle English daren, from Old English darian.

dare (third-person singular simple present dares, present participle daring, simple past and past participle dared)

  1. (obsolete) To stare stupidly or vacantly; to gaze as though amazed or terrified. [16thc.]
  2. (obsolete) To lie or crouch down in fear. [16thc.]

dare (plural dares)

  1. A small fish, the dace
  • 'eard, Dear, Rade, Read, Reda, ared, dear, rade, read


  1. (music) tambourine
  • IPA(key): [ˈdarɛ]


  1. vocative singular of dar
  • IPA(key): /daʁ/


  1. quick
  • dare-dare

From Latin dare, from Proto-Italic *didō, from Proto-Indo-European *dédeh₃ti, from the root *deh₃- (give).

  • IPA(key): /ˈda.re/
  • Rhymes: -are
  • Hyphenation: dà‧re

dàre (first-person singular present (with syntactic gemination after the verb) , first-person singular past historic dièdi or diédi or détti or (traditional) dètti, past participle dàto, first-person singular future darò, first-person singular subjunctive dìa, first-person singular imperfect subjunctive déssi, second-person singular imperative dài or dà', auxiliary avére) (transitive)

  1. to give (to transfer the possession/holding of something to someone else)
  2. to yield, to bear, to produce, to return
  3. (ditransitive) to name, to call, to refer to [+ del (object)] [+ al (object)]
    Il bue che dà del cornuto all’asinoThe ox who calls the donkey horned
  4. (transitive, vulgar, slang) chiefly in the form "darla": acquiesce to a sexual intercourse
  • It is customary to write a grave accent on some forms of the indicative present, to distinguish them from homographs:
    • compulsory (I give), contrasting with do (C musical note)
    • rarely dài (you give), contrasting with dai (from the)
    • compulsory (he/she/it gives), contrasting with da (from)
    • rarely dànno (they give), contrasting with danno (damage)
  • The imperative forms of the second-person singular are compounded with pronouns as follows:
    • da' + cidacci
      • ... + lodaccelo
      • ... + ladacceli
      • ... + ledaccele
      • ... + nedaccene
    • da' + glidagli
    • da' + gli/le + ladagliela
    • da' + gli/le + ledagliele
    • da' + gli/le + lidaglieli
    • da' + gli/le + lodaglielo
    • da' + gli/le + nedagliene
    • da' + ledalle
    • da' + midammi
      • ... + lodammelo
      • ... + ladammeli
      • ... + ledammele
      • ... + nedammene

Including lesser-used forms:

dare m (plural dari)

  1. debit
  • arde, rade, reda


  1. Rōmaji transcription of だれ
  • (Classical Latin) IPA(key): /ˈda.re/, [ˈd̪ärɛ]
  • (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈda.re/, [ˈd̪äːre]


  1. inflection of :
    1. present active infinitive
    2. second-person singular present passive imperative

From Latin dare, present active infinitive of , from Proto-Italic *didō, from Proto-Indo-European *dédeh₃ti, from the root *deh₃- (give).


  1. to give

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dare ? (plural dares)

  1. (continental Normandy, anatomy) belly, stomach
  • ventre (Jersey, Guernsey), vãtr (Sark)

From da +‎ -re.

dare f (plural dări)

  1. giving
  2. tax

dare (Cyrillic spelling даре)

  1. vocative singular of dȃr
  • IPA(key): [ˈdare]

dare m

  1. locative singular of dar

From Latin dare.


  1. to give
  • [1]

May be related to Ternate doro.

  • IPA(key): /ˈd̪a.re/


  1. (transitive) to fall (from a height)
  • James Collins (1982) Further Notes Towards a West Makian Vocabulary[2], Pacific linguistics
  • IPA(key): /dɑˈɾə/
  • Hyphenation: da‧re


  1. tree

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