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. noun
    a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy
    “he could never refuse a dare
    synonyms: daring
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    type of:
    challenge, gauntlet
    a call to engage in a contest or fight
  2. verb
    challenge
    “I dare you!”
    synonyms: defy
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    types:
    brazen
    face with defiance or impudence
    type of:
    challenge
    issue a challenge to
  3. verb
    take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission
    “How dare you call my lawyer?”
    synonyms: make bold, presume
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    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  4. verb
    be courageous enough to try or do something
    “"I don't dare call him", "she dares to dress differently from the others”
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    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
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