PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

Plain form
scare

Third-person singular
scares

Past tense
scared

Past participle
scared

Present participle
scaring

  1. (transitive) If something scares you, it makes you feel fear.
    They climbed out of the water alive--cold, wet, tired, and scared to death, but alive.
    Granny used to scare the hell out of us kids with her ghost stories.
    I read once that you can scare away a bear if you wave your arms and look big.
    Dark scares me. Noise scares me. And guns scare me.
  2. If something scares somebody off, it makes them not want to do something.
    The high costs often scare students off.
  3. If you scare up something, you find it, even though it's rare or hard to find.
    She didn't think she'd be able to scare up the cash for the trip.

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NounEdit

Singular
scare

Plural
scares

  1. A sudden fright.
    I had quite a bad scare last night--I almost hit a deer on the highway.