WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fright•en•ing /ˈfraɪtənɪŋ/USA pronunciation  adj. 

    causing fear or anxiety.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fright•en /ˈfraɪtən/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to (cause to) become frightened:Your story frightened me.
  2. to drive or force to move by scaring: [+ away/off + object]to frighten off the pigeons.[+ object + away/off]to frighten the pigeons away.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
fright•en  (frītn), 
  1. to make afraid or fearful;
    throw into a fright;
  2. to drive (usually fol. by away, off, etc.) by scaring:to frighten away pigeons from the roof.

  • to become frightened:a timid child who frightens easily.
  • Etymology:
    • fright + -en1 1660–70
    frighten•a•ble, adj. 
    frighten•er, n. 
    frighten•ing•ly, adv. 
    1 . shock, startle, dismay, intimidate. Frighten, alarm, scare, terrify, terrorize, appall all mean to arouse fear in people or animals. To frighten is to shock with sudden, startling, but usually short-lived fear, esp. that arising from the apprehension of physical harm:to frighten someone by a sudden noise.To alarm is to arouse the feelings through the realization of some imminent or unexpected danger:to alarm someone by a scream.To scare is to frighten, often without the presence of real danger:Horror movies really scare me.To terrify is to strike with violent, overwhelming, or paralyzing fear:to terrify a city by lawless acts.To terrorize is to terrify in a general, continued, systematic manner, either wantonly or in order to gain control:His marauding armies terrorized the countryside.To appall is to overcome or confound by dread, dismay, shock, or horror:The suffering caused by the earthquake appalled him.

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    frighten /ˈfraɪtən/ vb (transitive)
    1. to cause fear in; terrify; scare
    2. to drive or force to go (away, off, out, in, etc) by making afraid

    ˈfrightening adj ˈfrighteningly adv

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