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

      

    scare

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skeə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sker//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scare
    BrE BrE//skeə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sker//
     
    he / she / it scares
    BrE BrE//skeəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skerz//
     
    past simple scared
    BrE BrE//skeəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skerd//
     
    past participle scared
    BrE BrE//skeəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skerd//
     
    -ing form scaring
    BrE BrE//ˈskeərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskerɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] to frighten somebody scare somebody You scared me. it scares somebody to do something It scared me to think I was alone in the building. Synonymsfrightenscare alarm terrifyThese words all mean to make somebody afraid.frighten to make somebody feel afraid, often suddenly:He brought out a gun and frightened them off.scare to make somebody feel afraid:They managed to scare the bears away.alarm to make somebody anxious or afraid:It alarms me that nobody takes this problem seriously. Alarm is used when somebody 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 somebody feel extremely afraid:Flying terrified her.frighten or scare?Scare is slightly more informal than frighten.Patterns to frighten/​scare somebody/​something away/​off to frighten/​scare/​terrify somebody into doing something It frightens/​scares/​alarms/​terrifies me that… It frightens/​scares/​alarms/​terrifies me to think, see, etc.
  2. 2[intransitive] to become frightened He doesn't scare easily.
  3. see also scary
    Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse skirra ‘frighten’, from skjarr ‘timid’.Extra examples His name scares off a lot of people. The very thought of flying scares me stiff. They’re just trying to scare us into letting out the secret. You don’t scare me with your threats! You scared the life out of me, hiding like that! He doesn’t get frightened/​scared easily. Nothing frightens/​scares himIdioms
    frighten/scare the (living) daylights out of somebody
     
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    (informal) to frighten somebody very much
    frighten/scare the life out of somebody
     
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    to frighten somebody very much You scared the life out of me coming in so suddenly like that.
    frighten/scare somebody to death
     
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    to frighten somebody very much Spiders frighten him to death.
    scare the shit out of somebody, scare somebody shitless
     
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    (taboo, slang) to frighten somebody very much
    Phrasal Verbsscare somebody into doing somethingscare off somebodyscare somebodyoffscare up something
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