scare meaning

[ skɛə ] Pronunciation:   "scare" in a sentence
Verb: scare  skehr
  1. Cause fear in
    - frighten, fright, affright 
  2. Cause to lose courage
    - daunt, dash, scare off, pall, frighten off, scare away, frighten away
Noun: scare  skehr
  1. Sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events
    "a war scare"; "a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building"
    - panic 
  2. A sudden attack of fear
    - panic attack

Derived forms: scared, scares, scaring

See also: scarer, scarey [non-standard]

Type of: anxiety, anxiousness, excite, fear, fearfulness, fright, intimidate, restrain, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir

Encyclopedia: Scare


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  1. he scares people away by being so brash.
  2. they scared him into handing over the keys.
  3. we will scare her out of telling the police.
  4. she began to feel angry as well as scared.
  5. the boy was more scared than hurt.

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