KJV Dictionary Definition: dare


DARE, v.i. pret. durst. To have courage to any purpose; to have strength of mind or hardihood to undertake anything; to be bold enough; not to be afraid; to venture; to be adventurous.

I dare do all that may become a man. Shak.

Dare any of you go to law before the unjust? 1 Cor. vi

None of his disciples durst ask him, who art thou. John xxi

In this intransitive sense, dare is not generally followed by the sign to before another verb in the infinitive; though to may be used with propriety. In German, the verb is numbered among the auxiliaries. In the transitive form, it is regular; thus,

DARE, v.t. pret. and pp. dared. To challenge; to provoke; to defy; as, to dare a man to fight.

Time, I dare thee to discover such a youth and such a lover. Dryden.

To dare larks, to catch them by means of a looking glass, or by keeping a bird of prey hovering aloft, which keeps them in amaze till caught; to terrify or amaze.

DARE, Defiance; challenge.

DARE, n. A small fish, the same as the dace.


DA'RED, pp. Challenged; defied.


DA'REFUL, a. Full of defiance.


DA'RING, ppr.

1. Having courage sufficient for a purpose; challenging; defying.

2. a. Bold; courageous; intrepid; fearless; adventurous; brave; stout.

Grieve not, O daring prince, that noble heart. Pope.

3. Audacious; impudently bold and defying; as in heaven-daring, defying Almighty power.


DA'RINGLY, adv. Boldly; courageously; fearlessly; impudently.

The principles of our holy religion are daringly attacked from the press. Anon.