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DARE, 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. 6

None of his disciples durst ask him, who art thou. John 21

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, 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.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Dare'. King James Dictionary.

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