- 1[transitive] to frighten someone scare somebody You scared me. it scares somebody to do something It scared me to think I was alone in the building.
- 2[intransitive] to become frightened He doesn't scare easily. see also scary Thesaurusscarefrighten alarm terrifyThese words all mean to make someone afraid.scare to make someone feel afraid:They managed to scare away the bears.frighten to make someone feel afraid, often suddenly:She brought out a gun and frightened them off.scare or frighten?Frighten is slightly more formal than scare.alarm to make someone anxious or afraid:I am alarmed at how quickly this decision was made. Alarm is used when someone has a feeling that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen in the future; the feeling is often more one of worry than actual fear.terrify to make someone feel extremely afraid:Flying terrified her.Patterns to scare/frighten somebody/something away/off to scare/frighten/terrify somebody into doing something It scares/frightens/alarms/terrifies me >that…> It scares/frightens/alarms/terrifies me >to>think, see, etc.Idioms
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NAmE//skɛr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scare
he / she / it scares
past simple scared
-ing form scaring
to scare someone very much
scare/frighten the (living) daylights out of somebody (informal)jump to other results
to frighten someone very much You scared the life out of me coming in so suddenly like that.
scare/frighten the life out of somebodyjump to other results
to frighten someone very much Spiders scare him to death. Phrasal Verbsscare somebodyaway/offscare somebody into doing somethingscare somebodyoffscare up something
scare/frighten somebody to deathjump to other results