Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To fill with fear; alarm.
  • intransitive verb To drive or force by arousing fear.
  • intransitive verb To become afraid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To strike with fright; terrify; scare; dismay.
  • Synonyms To affright, dismay, daunt, appal, intimidate. See afraid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify.

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

  • verb cause fear in
  • verb drive out by frightening

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Examples

  • Toy Industry Needs Import Safety Checklist Safety recalls frighten, repulse consumers, JPMorgan analyst warns.

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  • The Conservative leader, campaigning in Glenrothes ahead of next month's by-election, also attacked Labour for trying to "frighten" Scots away from independence.

    (Mis)Interpreting Cameron

  • You make the mistake of thinking, in your pisspoor posts, that we don; t know jack abotu US or world politics, and that we buy into a paranoid world view where we choose leaders because they 'frighten' other leaders.

    The McCain factor

  • I'll settle for just saying no because kids kind of frighten me with their unpredictability and uncanny ability to spread disease.

    elfpvke Diary Entry

  • Scarnecchia says they thought the grandmothers might "frighten" Jessica, or perhaps try to run off with her-as the Schmidts suspected the DeBoers might do.

    She's Not Baby Jessica Anymore

  • Labour and Plaid know that any approach from the Lib Dems is only about trying to 'frighten' Plaid back into the 'rainbow'.

    Decision Time

  • I see after a little as it was n't no use talkin 'to Elijah so I just had to listen to him an' he really did kind of frighten me in the end.

    Susan Clegg and a Man in the House

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