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English noun: scare

1. scare (state) sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events

SamplesPanic in the stock market.
A war scare.
A bomb scare led them to evacuate the building.


Broader (hypernym)anxiety, anxiousness

Narrower (hyponym)red scare

2. scare (feeling) a sudden attack of fear

Synonymspanic attack

Broader (hypernym)fear, fearfulness, fright

English verb: scare

1. scare (emotion) cause fear in

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

ExamplesSam cannot scare Sue , The bad news will scare him

Synonymsaffright, fright, frighten

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. scare (emotion) cause to lose courage

SamplesDashed by the refusal.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to scare Sue

Synonymsdash, daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare away, scare off

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)intimidate, restrain

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