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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a bold/daring move (=taking a lot of courage)
▪ The writers made a bold move by kiling off the main character.
a daring rescue
▪ The lifeboat crew has been honoured for a daring rescue on the Cleveland coast.
▪ He seemed unable to meet the coroner's eyes, not daring even to look in his direction.
▪ The nomes sat in the noisy darkness, not daring even to speak, and felt their world vanishing.
▪ She had not imagined she would ever dare say this aloud.
Hardly daring to breathe, hardly daring to even think, she closed her eyes in a sort of helpless defeat.
▪ Forget all those tales of our taking our position at dawn and staying there hardly daring to move.
▪ She dragged Nick into the line of waiting children and stood, eyes on the ground, hardly daring to breathe.
▪ I sat very still, hardly daring to move my head.
Hardly daring to trust himself, he gently replaced the receiver.
▪ At first, Lucien had watched them in awed fascination, hardly daring to practise any movements himself for fear of ridicule.
▪ I hardly dare to mention the 15 percent. average rate of inflation under the last Labour Government.
How dare she sit like that in front of a man of his age!
How dare you meddle in people's lives?
How dare you, miss, turn the Feathers into little better than a bawdy-house?
How dare they believe that they could stand before the flower of Bretonnian chivalry!
How dare he order her about like that?
How dare he? she thought, after more or less flaunting that - that woman in front of me.
How dare you pretend to be attracted to me?
How dare Lou leave them on their own?
▪ This is the latest and most daring in a sequence of dramatic stairs designed by Jiricna.
▪ Perhaps the overall disc lacks variety, but it confirms Burwell's position as the most daring, inventive composer around.
▪ These are the shows that Springer would never dare to make.
▪ Buying that blank tape had been a waste, for she knew she would never dare play it back.
▪ She thought she would never dare touch anything in this house in case she left marks.
▪ He needs a shrink, Kate thought, but she knew she would never dare suggest it.
Never daring to use them on a regular basis, they were placed inside a display cabinet for many years.
▪ The Bogeyman would never dare enter the kitchen.
▪ I seek guidance, never dare I offer it in such matters.
▪ And how many men staggered out of Fatal Attraction swearing they'd never dare flirt with a woman again?
Dare we take this decision without consulting the Prime Minister?
▪ I don't dare tell my mom and dad.
▪ My sister used to steal things from stores, but I would never dare.
▪ No one dared to go into the old house at night.
▪ She was so high up now that she didn't dare look down.
▪ Wilson said his idea for the invention started out as a dare.
▪ It was a dare she accepted.
▪ Jamal creeps into Forrester's apartment for a dare, but accidentally leaves his notebook behind.
▪ Or has Lester manipulated me into this recklessness, like a schoolboy dare?
▪ The dare of her gaze was the proof.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dace \Dace\ (d[=a]s), n. [Written also dare, dart, fr. F. dard dase, dart, of German origin. Dace is for an older darce, fr. an OF. nom. darz. See Dart a javelin.] (Zo["o]l.) A small European cyprinoid fish ( Leuciscus leuciscus, formerly Squalius leuciscus or Leuciscus vulgaris); -- called also dare.

Note: In America the name is given to several related fishes of the genera Squalius, Minnilus, etc. The black-nosed dace is Rhinichthys atronasus the horned dace is Semotilus corporalis. For red dace, see Redfin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, from dare (v.).


from first and third person singular of Old English durran "to brave danger, dare; venture, presume," from Proto-Germanic *ders- (cognates: Old Norse dearr, Old High German giturran, Gothic gadaursan), from PIE *dhers- "to dare, be courageous" (cognates: Sanskrit dadharsha "to be bold;" Old Persian darš- "to dare;" Greek thrasys "bold;" Old Church Slavonic druzate "to be bold, dare;" Lithuanian dristi "to dare," drasus "courageous").\n

\nAn Old English irregular preterite-present verb: darr, dearst, dear were first, second and third person singular present indicative; mostly regularized 16c., though past tense dorste survived as durst, but is now dying, persisting mainly in northern English dialect. Meaning "to challenge or defy (someone)" is first recorded 1570s.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A challenge to prove courage. 2 The quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness. 3 defiance; challenge. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To have enough courage (to do something). 2 (context transitive English) To defy or challenge (someone to do something) 3 (context transitive English) To have enough courage to meet or do something, go somewhere, etc.; to face up to 4 (context transitive English) To terrify; to daunt. 5 (context transitive English) To catch (larks) by producing terror through the use of mirrors, scarlet cloth, a hawk, etc., so that they lie still till a net is thrown over them. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To stare stupidly or vacantly; to gaze as though amazed or terrified. (13th-16thc.) 2 (context obsolete English) To lie or crouch down in fear. (13th-16thc.) Etymology 3

n. A small fish, the dace.


n. a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy; "he could never refuse a dare" [syn: daring]

  1. v. take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission; "How dare you call my lawyer?" [syn: make bold, presume]

  2. to be courageous enough to try or do something; "I don't dare call him", "she dares to dress differently from the others"

  3. challenge; "I dare you!" [syn: defy]

Dare -- U.S. County in North Carolina
Population (2000): 29967
Housing Units (2000): 26671
Land area (2000): 383.577313 sq. miles (993.460639 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 1177.933245 sq. miles (3050.832970 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1561.510558 sq. miles (4044.293609 sq. km)
Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
Location: 35.839903 N, 75.656282 W
Dare, NC
Dare County
Dare County, NC
Dare (song)

"Dare" (styled as "挑戦 (DARE)") is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz, taken as the second single from their second studio album, Demon Days. The track is sung by Noodle (voiced by Roses Gabor) with backing vocals from 2D and features vocals by Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder.

It peaked at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in September 2005, becoming the band's only UK No. 1.

In 2016, vocals of the song were interpolated in Friction's song Dare (Hold It Down).

Dare (album)

Dare (released as Dare! in the U.S.) is the third studio album from British synthpop band The Human League. The album was recorded between March and September 1981 and first released in the UK on 16 October 1981, then subsequently in the U.S. in mid-1982.

The style of the album is the result of the drastic change from a experimental avant-garde electronic group into a commercial pop group under Philip Oakey's creative direction following the departure of fellow founding members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. Dare became critically acclaimed and has proved to be a genre-defining album, whose influence can be felt in many areas of pop music. The album and its four singles were hugely successful commercially, with the album reaching #1 in the UK and being certified Triple Platinum by the BPI.


Dare may refer to:


Darè is a comune (municipality) in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located about west of Trento. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 223 and an area of .

Darè borders the following municipalities: Montagne, Villa Rendena and Vigo Rendena.

Dare (film)

Dare is a 2009 indie romantic drama film directed by Adam Salky. It is written by David Brind. The movie is based on Salky's 2005 short film which was met with acclaim at film festivals. The feature-length version, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, stars Emmy Rossum in a story about how "three very different teenagers discover that, even in the safe world of a suburban prep school, no one is who she or he appears to be." IMDB also provides a different teaser synopsis: "The good girl, the outsider and the bad boy…like you’ve never seen them before." The film has been described as a cross between Pretty in Pink and Cruel Intentions.

Dare (band)

Dare are a rock band from Oldham, England, fronted by Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton. They formed in 1985, and have released nine albums to date, including the No. 48 UK album Blood from Stone.

Dare (comics)

Dare, in comics, may refer to:

  • Dare Comics, a British publisher of comics
  • Dan Dare, a British comics character who has appeared in the Eagle and 2000 AD
  • Dan Dare (Fawcett Comics), a Fawcett Comics character
  • Double Dare (comics), a supervillain team from DC Comics
Dare (name)

Dare or Daré is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:


  • Airton Daré (born 1978), Brazilian race car driver
  • Alison Dare (born 1965), South African field hockey player
  • Ananias Dare (c.1560– c.1587?), British tiler and bricklayer, member of the Roanoke Colony; husband of Eleanor Dare and father of Virginia Dare
  • Arthur N. Dare (1850–1923), American Republican politician of Minnesota
  • Barbara Dare (born 1963), American pornographic actress
  • Bill Dare, British radio writer
  • Billy Dare (1927–1994), English footballer
  • Danny Dare (1905–1996), American choreographer, actor, director, writer
  • Dorothy Dare (1911–1981), American actress and singer
  • Eleanor Dare (c.1563–c.1599?), English colonist and member of the Roanoke Colony; mother of Virginia Dare
  • Elkanah Kelsey Dare (1782–1826), American composer
  • Johnny Dare, American radio personality
  • Joseph Dare (footballer) (born 1991), Australian rules footballer
  • Joseph Dare (minister) (1831–1880), Australian Wesleyan Church leader
  • Kevin Dare (born 1959), English footballer
  • Leona Dare (1854/55–1922), American circus performer
  • Michael Dare (born 1917), Canadian general
  • Norm Dare (born 1948), Australian rules footballer
  • Phyllis Dare (1890–1975), English singer and actress
  • Reginald Dare (1921–1993), English cricketer and footballer
  • Tessa Dare, American writer, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical romance novelist
  • Virginia Dare (1587-?), first child born in the Americas to English parents
  • Yinka Dare (1972–2004), Nigerian National Basketball Association player
  • Zena Dare (1887–1975), English singer and actress; sister of Phyllis Dare
  • Dan Dare (disambiguation), several fictional characters

Given name:

  • Daré Nibombé (born 1980), footballer from Togo
  • Dare Vršič (born 1984), Slovenian footballer
Dare (La La La)

"Dare (La La La)" is a song recorded by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira from her self-titled tenth studio album Shakira (2014). The song was first released to contemporary hit radio in Italy on 24 April 2014, as the third single from the album and was later released in a remix bundle in the United States via RCA Records. The song was co-written by Shakira, Jay Singh (J2), Dr. Luke, Mathieu Jomphe-Lepine, Max Martin, Cirkut, Raelene Arreguin and John J. Conte, Jr. while the production was handled by J2, Dr. Luke, Shakira, Cirkut and Billboard. The song is an uptempo, electro house song built over drums and chants.

A reworked version of the song entitled "La La La (Brazil 2014)" was released on 27 May as the second theme song for the 2014 World Cup. This was Shakira's second time singing a theme song for the FIFA World Cup (the first being in 2010); it should be noted that she also sang the 2006 World Cup theme song, Hip's Don't Lie/Bamboo (featuring Wyclef Jean) which was a remake of her worldwide hit Hips Don't Lie. The song included new lyrics and features Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown. The version was praised by music critics and fared well commercially. An accompanying video was directed by Shakira's long time collaborator Jaume de Laiguana, the music video is influenced by Afro-Brazilian heritage and tribal imagery and features cameos from a variety of football players including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Agüero, Radamel Falcao, James Rodríguez and Eric Abidal, Shakira's boyfriend Gerard Piqué and their son Milan.

Usage examples of "dare".

Here was my wife, who had secretly aided and abetted her son in his design, and been the recipient of his hopes and fears on the subject, turning to me, who had dared to utter a feeble protest or two only to be scoffed at, and summarily sat upon, asking if the game was really safe.

She often returned home pale and silent, having reached the uttermost depths of human abomination, and never daring to say all.

I did not dare to light my lamp before this creature, and as night drew on he decided on accepting some bread and Cyprus wine, and he was afterwards obliged to do as best he could with my mattress, which was now the common bed of all new-comers.

I told her to keep quiet, but, being anxious not to frighten her, I dared not acquaint her with the danger we were running.

I came to you in most serious earnest, imagining, as I find true, that your son had never dared to acquaint you with a match so much inferior to him in point of fortune, though the reputation of the lady will suffer it no longer to remain a secret.

And though he dared not to take any steps towards his further grandeur, lest he should expose himself to the jealousy of so penetrating a prince as Henry, he still hoped that, by accumulating riches and power, and by acquiring popularity, he might in time be able to open his way to the throne.

The heedless fellow fulfilled his commission so well that the actress, feeling insulted, told him that she dared me to call on her.

I dare say if those letters had ever reached their addressees, some of them would have been every bit as astonished as Lubov was and just about as likely to welcome their assignments.

He brought Darryl Adin to the regular poker game one evening, and Dare won, resoundingly.

Ever since the rash but successful enterprise of the Franks under the reign of Probus, their daring countrymen had constructed squadrons of light brigantines, in which they incessantly ravaged the provinces adjacent to the ocean.

Next week, Lord Ellus McDirk, Lord Ado Lakeesh and the Lakeesh Master were scheduled for trial, along with the Lakeesh guards who had dared touch a McDirk wife.

I dare to make a suggestion, I would say you are adopting the best possible way to ruin yourself.

Dear as his daughter might become to him, all he dared to ask of Heaven was that she might be restored to that truer self which lay beneath her false and adventitious being.

It is interesting to note that this man was an agnostic, and his wife dared not tell him about the seriousness of his illness or the means by which he was assisted to recover.

Shere Khan was always crossing his path in the jungle, for as Akela grew older and feebler the lame tiger had come to be great friends with the younger wolves of the Pack, who followed him for scraps, a thing Akela would never have allowed if he had dared to push his authority to the proper bounds.