From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdaredare1 /deə $ der/ ●●○S3W3 verb, modal verb1DO something DANGEROUS[intransitive]BRAVE to be brave enough to do something that is risky or that you are afraid to do – used especially in questions or negativesentencesHe wanted to ask her, but he didn’t dare.‘I’ll tell Dad.’ ‘You wouldn’t dare!’dare (to) do somethingI daren’t go home.Only a few journalists dared to cover the story.She hardly dared hope that he was alive.Dare we admit this?2 →how dare you3 →don’t you dare!4PERSUADE somebody TO DO something[transitive]PERSUADERISK to try to persuade someone to do something dangerous or embarrassing as a way of proving that they are bravedare somebody to do somethingThey dared Ed to steal a bottle of his father’s whiskey.So jump, then. I dare you.5 →dare I say/suggest6 →I dare sayGrammarPatterns with dare• You say that someone dares to do something: Karen dared to ask why.Not many people dared to argue.• Dare can also be used as a modal verb, followed by the base form (=infinitive without ‘to’), especially in negatives and questions: Not many people dared argue.Dare we go back?• Don’t use a ‘to’ infinitive with daren’t. You say: I daren’t look.✗Don’t say: I daren’t to look.Using the progressiveDare is not used in the progressive. You say: I daren’t say anything.✗Don’t say: I am not daring say anything.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
dare• My sister used to steal things from stores, but I would never dare.• She was so high up now that she didn't dare look down.• I don't dare tell my mom and dad.• No one dared to go into the old house at night.• Dare we take this decision without consulting the PrimeMinister?dare somebody to do something• One kiddared me tosneak into the back of the auditorium.daredare2 noun [countable]RISKsomething dangerous that you have dared someone to dofor a dare British English, on a dare American English (=because someone has dared you to)She ran across a busy road for a dare.