1 [intransitive not in progressive]
to be brave enough to do something that is risky or that you are afraid to do - used especially in questions or negative sentences:
He wanted to ask her, but he didn't dare.
'I'll tell Dad.' 'You wouldn't dare!'
dare (to) do something
I 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?
said to show that you are very angry and shocked about what someone has done or said:
How dare you accuse me of lying!
said to warn someone not to do something because it makes you angry:
Don't you dare talk to me like that!
to try to persuade someone to do something dangerous or embarrassing as a way of proving that they are brave
dare somebody to do something
They dared Ed to steal a bottle of his father's whiskey.
So jump, then. I dare you.
5 spoken formal
used when saying something that you think people may not accept or believe:
I thought the play was, dare I say it, boring.
6 also I daresay spoken especially British English
used when saying or agreeing that something may be true:
I dare say things will improve.