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

v cause fear in

affright, fright, frighten
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frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
inspire awe in
terrify, terrorise, terrorize
fill with terror; frighten greatly
make timid or fearful
alarm, appal, appall, dismay, horrify
fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion
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
cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic
strike with horror or terror
Type of:
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

v cause to lose courage

dash, daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare away, scare off
Type of:
intimidate, restrain
to compel or deter by or as if by threats

n sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events

“a war scare
“a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building”
red scare
a period of general fear of communists
Type of:
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

n a sudden attack of fear

panic attack
Type of:
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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