WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
scare /skɛr/USA pronunciation
v., scared, scar•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- 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.
- to become frightened:[no object]She doesn't scare easily.
- 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.
- 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.
- a sudden fright or alarm:We got quite a scare when she stopped breathing.
- a time or condition of alarm or worry:a war scare.
(skâr),USA pronunciation v., scared, scar•ing, n. v.t.
- to fill, esp. suddenly, with fear or terror;
- to become frightened:That horse scares easily.
- scare up, [Informal.]to obtain with effort;
find or gather:to scare up money.
- a sudden fright or alarm, esp. with little or no reason.
- a time or condition of alarm or worry:For three months there was a war scare.
- 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
- to fill or be filled with fear or alarm
- (tr; often followed by away or off) to drive (away) by frightening
- (transitive) US Canadian informal (followed by up) to produce (a meal) quickly from whatever is available
- to manage to find (something) quickly or with difficulty: brewers need to scare up more sales
- a sudden attack of fear or alarm
- a period of general fear or alarm
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old Norse skirra; related to Norwegian skjerra, Swedish dialect skjarraˈscarer n
- causing (needless) fear or alarm: a scare story
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