I. verb (dared; daring; dares or (auxiliary) dare) Etymology: Middle English dar (1st & 3d singular present indicative), from Old English dear; akin to Old High German gitar (1st & 3d singular present indicative) dare, Greek tharsos courage Date: before 12th century verbal auxiliary to be sufficiently courageous to <
no one dared say a word
she dare not let herself love — G. B. Shaw
intransitive verb to have sufficient courage <
try it if you dare
transitive verb 1. a. to challenge to perform an action especially as a proof of courage <
dared him to jump
b. to confront boldly ; defy <
dared the anger of his family
2. to have the courage to contend against, venture, or try <
the actress dared a new interpretation of this classic role
darer noun II. noun Date: 1594 1. an act or instance of daring ; challenge <
foolishly took a dare
2. imaginative or vivacious boldness ; daring

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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