dare

When you challenge or provoke someone to try something risky, it's a dare. If you accept a dare, you're probably trying to prove how brave you are.

When you challenge your friend to a dare, you dare him. You might, for example, dare your brother to jump off the garage into a pile of leaves. Another way to dare is to actually be brave: "I admire her so much, because she dares to stand up to bullies." The Old English root of dare is durran, "to brave danger, venture, or presume." If you say, "How dare you?" you're expressing outrage or indignation.

Definitions of dare
1

n a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy

“he could never refuse a dare
Synonyms:
daring
Type of:
challenge, gauntlet
a call to engage in a contest or fight

v challenge

“I dare you!”
Synonyms:
defy
Types:
brazen
face with defiance or impudence
Type of:
challenge
issue a challenge to

v take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission

“How dare you call my lawyer?”
Synonyms:
make bold, presume
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v be courageous enough to try or do something

“"I don't dare call him", "she dares to dress differently from the others”
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

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