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English noun: dare

1. dare (communication) a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy

SamplesHe could never refuse a dare.


Broader (hypernym)challenge

English verb: dare

1. dare (social) take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission

SamplesHow dare you call my lawyer?.

Synonymsmake bold, presume

Pattern of useSomebody ----s INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)act, move

2. dare (social) to be courageous enough to try or do something

SamplesI don't dare call him.
She dares to dress differently from the others.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)act, move

3. dare (communication) challenge

SamplesI dare you!.

ExamplesThey dare him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)challenge

Narrower (hyponym)brazen

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