frighten

  • 1 frighten — frighten, fright, scare, alarm, terrify, terrorize, startle, affray, affright mean to strike or to fill with fear or dread. Frighten is perhaps the most frequent in use; it is the most inclusive, for it may range in implicaton from a momentary… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 frighten — [frīt′ n] vt. 1. to cause to feel fright; make suddenly afraid; scare; terrify 2. to force (away, out, or off) or bring ( into a specified condition) by making afraid [to frighten someone into confessing] vi. to become suddenly afraid… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 frighten — 1660s, from FRIGHT (Cf. fright) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Frightened; frightening. The earlier verb was simply fright (O.E. fyrhtan) to frighten …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 frighten — ► VERB 1) cause to be afraid. 2) (frighten off) drive away by fear. DERIVATIVES frightened adjective frightening adjective frighteningly adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Frighten — Fright en, v. t. [imp. {Frightened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Frightening}.] [See {Fright}, v. t.] To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify. [1913 Webster] More frightened than hurt. Old Proverb. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 frighten — I verb affright, alarm, browbeat, bully, bullyrag, cow, daunt, deter, disquiet, exterrere, fright, give cause for alarm, horrify, intimidate, menace, panic, petrify, raise apprehension, scare, shock, shock with sudden fear, startle, strike with… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 frighten — [v] shock, scare affright, agitate, alarm, appall, astound, awe, browbeat*, bulldoze*, chill, chill to the bone*, cow, curdle the blood*, daunt, demoralize, deter, disburb, discomfort, disconcert, discourage, dishearten, dismay, disquiet, faze,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 frighten — v. 1) (d; tr.) to frighten into (to frighten smb. into submission) 2) (d; tr.) to frighten out of (to frighten smb. out of doing smt.) 3) (misc.) to frighten smb. to death * * * (misc.) to frighten smb. to death (d; tr.) to frighten into (to… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 frighten — fright|en [ˈfraıtn] v [T] to make someone feel afraid = ↑scare ▪ Don t stand so near the edge! You re frightening me. ▪ She was frightened by the anger in his eyes. ▪ Computers used to frighten me, but not now. frighten sb to death/frighten the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 frighten */*/ — UK [ˈfraɪt(ə)n] / US verb [transitive] Word forms frighten : present tense I/you/we/they frighten he/she/it frightens present participle frightening past tense frightened past participle frightened to make someone feel afraid, especially suddenly …

    English dictionary

  • 11 frighten — verb ADVERB ▪ really ▪ The prospect of war really frightens me. ▪ almost ▪ easily ▪ a man who doesn t frighten easily (= become frightened easily) …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 frighten — fright|en [ fraıtn ] verb transitive ** to make someone feel afraid, especially suddenly: SCARE: Stop it! You re frightening the children! a. to make someone feel nervous or worried: The thought of war frightens me. It frightens me how quickly… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 frighten — [[t]fra͟ɪt(ə)n[/t]] frightens, frightening, frightened 1) VERB If something or someone frightens you, they cause you to suddenly feel afraid, anxious, or nervous. [V n] He knew that Soli was trying to frighten him, so he smiled to hide his fear …

    English dictionary

  • 14 frighten — frightenable, adj. frightener, n. frighteningly, adv. /fruyt n/, v.t. 1. to make afraid or fearful; throw into a fright; terrify; scare. 2. to drive (usually fol. by away, off, etc.) by scaring: to frighten away pigeons from the roof. v.i. 3 …

    Universalium

  • 15 frighten — verb (T) 1 to make someone feel afraid: Don t stand so near the edge, you re frightening me! | frighten sb to death/frighten sb out of their wits (=make someone feel extremely afraid): She ll be frightened to death when she sees the way you drive …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 frighten — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To strike with fear] Syn. scare, alarm, terrify, daunt, dismay, cow, terrorize, shock, startle, dishearten, abash, dispirit, throw into a fright, raise apprehension, intimidate, deter, threaten, prey on the mind, badger,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 frighten*/ — [ˈfraɪt(ə)n] verb [T] to make someone feel afraid Syn: scare The thought of war frightens me.[/ex] It frightens me how quickly children grow up these days.[/ex] adverts that frighten people into buying expensive security equipment[/ex] • frighten …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 frighten — verb cause to be afraid. ↘(frighten someone off) drive someone away by frightening them. Derivatives frightened adjective frightening adjective frighteningly adverb …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 frighten — fright•en [[t]ˈfraɪt n[/t]] v. t. 1) to make afraid or fearful; throw into a fright; terrify; scare 2) to drive by scaring (usu. fol. by away, off, etc.): to frighten away pigeons from the roof[/ex] 3) cvb to become frightened: a timid child who… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 frighten —   Ho omaka u, ho oweli.   Also: ho opū iwa, ho ohihiu, ho olī ō, hoaka, aulau, ho ēno, ho olele hauli.    ♦ To stare as to frighten, a ā maka …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary


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