• Defiance; challenge.
  • A small fish, the dace.
  • The quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness.
  • A challenge to prove courage.


  • (transitive) To defy or challenge (someone to do something)

    "I dare you to kiss that girl."

  • (transitive) To catch (larks) by producing terror through the use of mirrors, scarlet cloth, a hawk, etc., so that they lie still till a net is thrown over them.
  • (intransitive) To have enough courage (to do something).

    "I wouldn't dare argue with my boss."

  • (transitive) To terrify; to daunt.
  • (obsolete) To lie or crouch down in fear. [13th-16thc.]
  • (transitive) To have enough courage to meet or do something, go somewhere, etc.; to face up to

    "Will you dare death to reach your goal?"

  • (obsolete) To stare stupidly or vacantly; to gaze as though amazed or terrified. [13th-16thc.]

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