For the verb: "to frighten"

Present Participle: frightening

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
fright•en•ing /ˈfraɪtənɪŋ/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. causing fear or anxiety.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
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 © 2017
fright•en  (frītn),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  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.

  1. to become frightened:a timid child who frightens easily.
frighten•a•ble, adj. 
frighten•er, n. 
frighten•ing•ly, adv. 
  • fright + -en1 1660–70
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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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