dare/dɛr/USA pronunciationv.,dared,dar•ing; pres. sing. 3rd pers.dares or dare,n. v.
[ ~ + obj + to + verb] to challenge or persuade (a person) into a demonstration of courage or to do something:I dare you to climb that.
[ ~ + obj] to face; risk:He will dare any test to prove his manhood.
auxiliary or modal v. [ not: be + ~ -ing]
As a verb that is like an auxiliary verb and like a modal verb, dare has the meaning "to have the courage or boldness to'' (do something). It occurs with negative words or phrases, and in questions, as in the examples below:
Like a modal verb, it is followed by the root form of the next verb:He dared not speak to me like that. How dare you speak to me like that?
Like an auxiliary verb, it agrees with the subject in the present tense in sentences with negative words or phrases:The girl dares not take another step.
Like a modal verb, in questions in the present tense, it has only one form, dare, even when the subject is he, she, or it, or a singular noun:Dare he mention the subject again?
Like both modal and auxiliary verbs, in questions dare goes before the subject:Dare I say it?
dare(dâr),USA pronunciationv.,dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; pres. sing. 3rd pers.dares or dare,n. v.i.
to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough:You wouldn't dare!
to have the boldness to try; venture; hazard.
to meet defiantly; face courageously.
to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy:to dare a man to fight.
Idiomsdare say, daresay.
to have the necessary courage or boldness to (used chiefly in questions and negatives):How dare you speak to me like that? He dare not mention the subject again.
an act of daring or defiance; challenge.
bef. 900; Middle English dar (verb, verbal), Old English dear(r), 1st and 3rd person singular present indicative of durran; akin to Old High German gitarran
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedDare,venture imply involvement in risks and dangers. Dare emphasizes the state of mind that makes one willing to meet danger:He dared to do what he knew was right.Venture emphasizes the act of doing something that involves risk:He ventured into deep water.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hazard, risk, brave.
BiographicalVirginia, 1587–?, first child born of English parents in the Western Hemisphere.
LinguisticsDictionary of American Regional English.