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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Dare
To have adequate or sufficient courage for any purpose; to be bold or venturesome; not to be afraid; to venture.

Note: ☞ The present tense, I dare, is really an old past tense, so that the third person is he dare, but the form he dares is now often used, and will probably displace the obsolescent he dare, through grammatically as incorrect as he shalls or he cans.

Note: ☞ Formerly durst was also used as the present. Sometimes the old form dare is found for durst or dared.

Etymology: OE. I dar dear, I dare, imp. dorste durste, AS. ic dear I dare, imp. dorste. inf. durran; akin to OS. gidar gidorsta gidurran, OHG. tar torsta turran, Goth. gadar gadaúrsta, Gr. tharsei^n tharrei^n , to be bold, tharsy`s bold, Skr. Dhrsh to be bold. √70

verb Dare
  1. To have courage for; to attempt courageously; to venture to do or to undertake."What high concentration of steady feeling makes men dare every thing and do anything?" [Bagehot.]"To wrest it from barbarism, to dare its solitudes." [The Century.]
  2. To challenge; to provoke; to defy."Time, I dare thee to discover Such a youth and such a lover." [Dryden.]
noun Dare
  1. The quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness; dash.(R)"It lends a luster . . . A large dare to our great enterprise." [Shak.]
  2. Defiance; challenge."Childish, unworthy dares Are not enought to part our powers." [Chapman.]"Sextus Pompeius Hath given the dare to Cæsar." [Shak.]
verb Dare
To lurk; to lie hid.

Etymology: OE. darien, to lie hidden, be timid

verb Dare
To terrify; to daunt.
noun Dare
A small fish; the dace.

Etymology: See Dace

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy ("he could never refuse a dare")
  2. Challenge ("I dare you!")
  3. Take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission ("How dare you call my lawyer?")
  4. To be courageous enough to try or do something ("I don't dare call him" and "she dares to dress differently from the others")

From Old English durran, from Proto-Germanic *durzaną, from Proto-Indo-European. Cognate with Low German dören, Dutch durven, but also with Ancient Greek θρασύς (thrasús), Lithuanian drįsti, Russian дерза́ть (derzátʹ).

  1. A challenge to prove courage.
  2. The quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness.
  3. Defiance; challenge.

Old English darian.

    dare was also found in the following language(s): Crimean Tatar, Italian, Japanese, Latin, and Norman

    Notable Persons Named Dare

    Dare Wright was a writer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1957 to 1981. Dare was born on December 3rd, 1914 in Thornhill, Ontario. She breathed her last breath on January 25th, 2001.


    Darey a.k.a. Dare Art Alade is a rhythm, blues, and jazz musician. He was most active from 2004 to present. Darey was given the name Dare Art Alade .


    Dare Vršič is a soccer player for the NK Maribor, NK Mura, NK Celje, MŠK Žilina, FC Politehnica Timișoara, FC Koper, NK Olimpija Ljubljana (2005), FK Austria Wien, and Slovenia national football team. Dare was born on September 26th, 1984 in Maribor.


    Daré Nibombé is a soccer player for the AS Douanes (Togo), R.A.A. Louviéroise, R.A.E.C. Mons, CS Otopeni, FC Politehnica Timișoara, FC Baku, Arminia Bielefeld, Seraing United, and Togo national football team. Daré was born on June 16th, 1980 in Lomé, Togo.


    He breathed his last breath in 1981.


    Dare Awosanmi is an athlete for the Westside F.C.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Dare

    Virginia was born on August 18th, 1587 in Roanoke Island, Virginia Colony.


    Colonel Daniel McGregor Dare is a comics character.


    Yinka Dare is a basketball player for the New Jersey Shorecats, Fort Wayne Fury, Brooklyn Nets, and Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs. His career lasted from 1994 to 2003. Yinka was born on October 10th, 1972 in Kano, Nigeria.


    Douglas Dare is an instrumental and piano musician.


    Johnny Dare is a radio host. Johnny was given the name John William Caprefoli on August 27th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.


    Double Dare is a comics character.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Dare U.S.
      White 82.89% 64.26%
      African American 5.73% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.34% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.67% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.97% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Dare

    People with the last name Dare are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Dare

    • How Popular is the name Dare? Dare is the 33,041st most popular name of all time. As a last name Dare was the 9,368th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Dare have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 128 babies born with the first name Dare in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dare to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dare? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Dare first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dare is Wednesday, June 15th, 1881.
    • What year had the most people named Dare born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dare was in 1921 with a total of 7 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Dare: Your name in reverse order is Erad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aerd. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Dare? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,472 people with the last name Dare.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dare? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Dare as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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