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English verb: frighten

1. frighten (emotion) cause fear in


SamplesThe stranger who hangs around the building frightens me.
Ghosts could never affright her.


ExamplesThe bad news will frighten him


Synonymsaffright, fright, scare


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir


Narrower (hyponym)alarm, appal, appall, awe, bluff, consternate, dismay, horrify, intimidate, spook, terrify, terrorise, terrorize


Causedread, fear

2. frighten (emotion) drive out by frightening


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)chase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off, turn back









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