from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Willing to take or seek out risks; bold and venturesome. See Synonyms at adventurous.
  • n. Audacious bravery; boldness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of dare.
  • adj. Adventurous, willing to take on or look for risks.
  • adj. Courageous, or showing bravery
  • n. Boldness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bold; fearless; adventurous.
  • n. Boldness; fearlessness; adventurousness; also, a daring act.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Possessing or springing from adventurous courage; bold; fearless; adventurous; reckless.
  • Audacious; impudent.
  • Synonyms Dauntless, undaunted, heroic.
  • n. Adventurous courage; intrepidity; boldness; adventurousness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. disposed to venture or take risks
  • n. the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger
  • adj. radically new or original
  • n. a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy


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  • Noted for his daring and success as a surgeon, through the days and weeks that followed Linday exceeded himself in daring and success.


  • "Gordon Brown looked freer at PMQs than I have ever seen him as he fiercely defended his anti-poverty credentials and attacked the Tories for their cheek in daring to take him on on this territory."

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  • Presently it opened and disclosed fifty horsemen, gathered together to waylay merchants on the highway, and their captain, by name Kahrdash, was a lion in daring and dash; a furious lion who layeth knights flat as carpets in battle-crash. —

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  • As a matter of fact, there was a certain daring pleasure in wounding themselves, and they showed each other their blood and then dried it beneath their armpits, under the delusion that nobody would notice their cut hands.

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  • Daylight still engaged in daring speculations, as, for instance, at the impending outbreak of the Japanese-Russian War, when, in the face of the experience and power of the shipping gamblers, he reached out and clutched practically a monopoly of available steamer-charters.

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  • Among all our reckless doings the most daring is this insolent advertising to the powers of the world that we have unparalleled national resources and no army to protect them.

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  • I trow not; and I am amazed at your presumption in daring to address such language to a lady of my character.

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  • Zoe did her best to console him by her gratitude for his chivalrous spirit in daring to persist in his suit in spite of what had struck every one else dumb with horror, but as she would not consent to marry him, her gratitude was not much of a solace.

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