dare adre drae rdae arde rade daer ader dear edar aedr eadr drea rdea dera edra reda erda ared raed aerd eard read erad
Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word dare. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in dare.
Definitions and meaning of dare
(Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɛə(ɹ)/
(General American) IPA(key): /dɛ(ə)ɹ/
From Middle Englishdurren, from Old Englishdurran, from Proto-Germanic*durzaną(“to dare”), from Proto-Indo-European*dʰedʰórse(“to dare”), reduplicated stative of the root *dʰers-(“to be bold, to dare”), an *-s- extension of *dʰer-(“to hold, support”). Cognate with Low Germandören, Dutchdurven, Sanskritदधर्ष(dadhárṣa), but also with Ancient Greekθρασύς(thrasús), Albaniannder, Lithuaniandrįsti, Russianдерза́ть(derzátʹ).
dare (third-person singular simple presentdareordares, present participledaring, simple past and past participledaredor(archaic)durst)
(intransitive) To have enough courage (to do something).
1832, Thomas Macaulay, Parliamentary Reform
Why then did not the ministers use their new law? Because they durst not, because they could not.
(transitive) To defy or challenge (someone to do something)
(transitive) To have enough courage to meet or do something, go somewhere, etc.; to face up to
Will you dare death to reach your goal?
1886, Clarence King, article in The Century
To wrest it from barbarism, to dare its solitudes.
(transitive) To terrify; to daunt.
c.1609 , Beaumont and Fletcher, Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher (playwright), "The Maid's Tragedy", [Act IV, Scene I]:
For I have done those follies, those mad mischiefs, Would dare a woman.
(transitive) 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.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Nares to this entry?)
Dare is a semimodal verb. When used as an auxiliary, the speaker can choose whether to use do-support and the auxiliary "to" when forming negative and interrogative sentences. For example, "I don't dare (to) go", "I dare not go", "I didn't dare (to) go", and "I dared not go" are all correct. Similarly "Dare you go?", "Do you dare (to) go?", "Dared you go?", and "Did you dare (to) go?" are all correct. When not an auxiliary verb, it is different: "I dared him to do it." usually is not written as "I dared him do it.", and "Did you dare him to do it?" is almost never written as "Dared you him do it?"
In negative and interrogative sentences where "do" is not used, the third-person singular form of the verb is usually "dare" and not "dares": "Dare he go? He dare not go."
Colloquially, "dare not" can be contracted to "daren't". According to the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, "daren’t" is used occasionally in ordinary past time contexts (Kim daren’t tell them so I had to do it myself).
Rare regional forms dassn't and dasn't also exists in the present tense and archaic forms dursn't and durstn't in the past tense.
The expression dare say, used almost exclusively in the first-person singular and in the present tense, means "think probable". It is also spelt daresay.
Historically, the simple past of dare was durst. In the 1830s, it was overtaken by dared, which has been markedly more common ever since.
Appendix:English modal verbs
A challenge to prove courage.
The quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness.
From Middle English, from Old Englishdarian.
dare (third-person singular simple presentdares, present participledaring, simple past and past participledared)
(obsolete) To stare stupidly or vacantly; to gaze as though amazed or terrified. [16thc.]
(obsolete) To lie or crouch down in fear. [16thc.]