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Definition of "scare" []

  • To strike with sudden fear; alarm. See Synonyms at frighten. (verb-transitive)
  • To become frightened: a child who scares easily. (verb-intransitive)
  • A condition or sensation of sudden fear. (noun)
  • A general state of alarm; a panic: a bomb scare that necessitated evacuating the building. (noun)
  • Serving or intended to frighten people: scare stories; scare tactics. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scare" in a sentence
  • "In the U.S., food irradiation is used for various products, including ground beef, but most retailers resist the practice, lest the word irradiated'' on the label scare off customers."
  • "The 3 Geeks Super-Sized Swimsuit Spectacular - while the whole comics/swimsuits thing is very 1990s and pretty much played out by the Amazing Heroes specials long before Marvel and Image started doing them, don't let the title scare you off...this is classic 3 Geeks material."
  • "If you couldn't care less about money except perhaps about making more of it, like most of us do, don't let the title scare you away."