WOTW: dare

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - dare

“Dare” is a verb. It has two meanings both around being brave and taking risks. It is also a noun. Do you want to find out more? Take a look:


The main meaning of “dare” being brave enough to do something. It is often used as a modal verb


+ He moved as close to the edge of the cliff as he dared and looked down.

+ Because of the snow and ice, almost nobody dares to walk there.

+ The team never dared to dream they could win the tournament.

+ They all knew the answer, but nobody dared to speak up first.

+ She wanted to go but she didn’t dare to go by herself.


The other meaning of “dare” is related, it means challenge someone to do something.


+ I dare you to swap places with me.

+ He stood there with a sword in hand daring the thieves to challenge him.

+ She dared him to disagree with her.

+ They dared each other to do a sky dive.


“Dare” can also be a noun. It means a challenge, usually to prove you are brave.


+ As a dare, he drank five cans of Coke as fast as he could.

+ After they started drinking, they played a game of truth or dare.

+ He had to dance for her and her friends for a dare.

+ It was a stupid dare, and she ended up breaking her ankle trying to do it.


The pronunciation is /dɛː/.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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