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Definition of dare verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    dare

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//deə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//der//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dare
    BrE BrE//deə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//der//
     
    he / she / it dares
    BrE BrE//deəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//derz//
     
    past simple dared
    BrE BrE//deəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//derd//
     
    past participle dared
    BrE BrE//deəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//derd//
     
    -ing form daring
    BrE BrE//ˈdeərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈderɪŋ//
     
    Brave
     
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  1. 1  (not usually used in the progressive tenses) to be brave enough to do something She said it as loudly as she dared. dare (to) do something He didn’t dare (to) say what he thought. They daren't ask for any more money. (literary) She dared not breathe a word of it to anybody. Dare to be different! There was something, dare I say it, a little unusual about him. Grammar Pointdare Dare (sense 1) usually forms negatives and questions like an ordinary verb and is followed by an infinitive with to. It is most common in the negative:I didn’t dare to ask. He won’t dare to break his promise. You told him? How did you dare? I hardly dared to hope she’d remember me. In positive sentences a phrase like not be afraid is often used instead:She wasn’t afraid (= she dared) to tell him the truth. It can also be used like a modal verb especially in present tense negative forms in British English, and is followed by an infinitive without to:I daren’t tell her the truth. In spoken English, the forms of the ordinary verb are often used with an infinitive without to:Don’t you dare tell her what I said! I didn’t dare look at him. See related entries: Brave
  2. 2[transitive] to persuade somebody to do something dangerous, difficult or embarrassing so that they can show that they are not afraid dare somebody Go on! Take it! I dare you. dare somebody to do something Some of the older boys had dared him to do it. Grammar Pointmodal verbs The modal verbs are can, could, may, might, must, ought to, shall, should, will and would. Dare, need, have to and used to also share some of the features of modal verbs. Modal verbs have only one form. They have no -ing or -ed forms and do not add -s to the 3rd person singular form:He can speak three languages. She will try and visit tomorrow. Modal verbs are followed by the infinitive of another verb without to. The exceptions are ought to, have to and used to:You must find a job. You ought to stop smoking. I used to smoke but I gave up two years ago. Questions are formed without do/does in the present, or did in the past:Can I invite Mary? Should I have invited Mary? Negative sentences are formed with not or the short form -n’t and do not use do/does or did.You will find more help with how to use modal verbs at the dictionary entries for each verb.
  3. Word Origin Old English durran, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic gadaursan, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek tharsein and Sanskrit dhṛṣ- ‘be bold’.Extra examples I hardly dared breathe. I wouldn’t dare go by myself. ‘I’ll tell her about it.’ ‘ Don’t you dare! ’ He didn’t dare (to) say what he thought. How dare you talk to me like that! There was something, dare I say it, a little unusual about him.Idioms (informal) used to tell somebody strongly not to do something ‘I'll tell her about it.’ ‘Don't you dare!’ Don't you dare say anything to anybody. used to show that you are angry about something that somebody has done How dare you talk to me like that? How dare she imply that I was lying?
    I dare say (also I daresay especially in British English)
     
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    used when you are saying that something is probable I dare say you know about it already.
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