WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
scare /skɛr/USA pronunciation   v.,  scared, scar•ing, n. 
  1. to fill (someone), esp. suddenly, with fear;
    frighten: [+ object]Something scared her. She isn't scared easily.[It + ~ + object + clause]It really scared me when she stopped breathing.
  2. to become frightened:[no object]She doesn't scare easily.
  3. scare off or away, to frighten (someone) enough to cause him or her to run off: [+ off/away + object]We scared off the thief.[+ object + off/away]scared the thief away.
  4. scare up, to find in spite of difficulties: [+ up + object]Try to scare up some wood for the fire.[+ object + up]to scare some wood up for a fire.

n. [countable]
  1. a sudden fright or alarm:We got quite a scare when she stopped breathing.
  2. a time or condition of alarm or worry:a war scare.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
scare  (skâr),USA pronunciation v.,  scared, scar•ing, n. 
  1. to fill, esp. suddenly, with fear or terror;

  1. to become frightened:That horse scares easily.
  2. scare up, [Informal.]to obtain with effort;
    find or gather:to scare up money.

  1. a sudden fright or alarm, esp. with little or no reason.
  2. a time or condition of alarm or worry:For three months there was a war scare.
scarer, n. 
scaring•ly, adv. 
  • Old Norse skirra to frighten, derivative of skjarr timid, shy; (noun, nominal) late Middle English skere, derivative of the verb, verbal
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English skerren 1150–1200
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged startle, intimidate. See  frighten. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

scare /skɛə/ vb
  1. to fill or be filled with fear or alarm
  2. (tr; often followed by away or off) to drive (away) by frightening
  3. (transitive) US Canadian informal (followed by up) to produce (a meal) quickly from whatever is available
  4. to manage to find (something) quickly or with difficulty: brewers need to scare up more sales
  1. a sudden attack of fear or alarm
  2. a period of general fear or alarm
  1. causing (needless) fear or alarm: a scare story
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old Norse skirra; related to Norwegian skjerra, Swedish dialect skjarra

ˈscarer n

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