scare

Scare is a verb that means frighten or intimidate. You might be embarrassed to admit that you don't want to go to the beach with your friends because of how much seagulls scare you.

Questions on a test you're unprepared for might scare you, and so might a barking dog. To scare is to spook, startle, or cause fear, and what scares your best friend most (like losing his job) might not be what would scare you more than anything (like discovering a huge snake in your shower). You can also use scare as a noun, as in "It gave me such a scare when all my friends jumped out and yelled, 'Surprise!'"

Definitions of scare
  1. verb
    cause fear in
    synonyms: affright, fright, frighten
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    bluff
    frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
    awe
    inspire awe in
    terrify, terrorise, terrorize
    fill with terror; frighten greatly
    intimidate
    make timid or fearful
    alarm, appal, appall, dismay, horrify
    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
    consternate
    fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion
    spook
    frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action
    cow, overawe
    subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats)
    hold over
    intimidate somebody (with a threat)
    ballyrag, boss around, browbeat, bully, bullyrag, hector, push around, strong-arm
    be bossy towards
    panic
    cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic
    shock
    strike with horror or terror
    type of:
    excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
  2. verb
    cause to lose courage
    synonyms: dash, daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare away, scare off
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    intimidate, restrain
    compel or deter by or as if by threats
  3. noun
    sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events
    “a war scare
    “a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building”
    synonyms: panic
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    red scare
    a period of general fear of communists
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    anxiety, anxiousness
    (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic
  4. noun
    a sudden attack of fear
    synonyms: panic attack
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    fear, fearfulness, fright
    an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
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