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His wife dared him to do it. Does 'dare' mean to encourage (in this case)?
Oct 24, 2016 7:33 AM
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I wouldn't think it's synonymous with 'encourage,' but I'd definitely say that the transitive use of the verb 'to dare' can have that aspect in its sense of defying or challenging somebody to do something.
October 24, 2016
Thank you! I understand it better now.
October 24, 2016
Not in the least. Dare means to challenge someone to do something as part of a wager of some kind. Saying challenge alone doesn't fully convey the meaning of dare. Do something crazy and I'll give you ten bucks. That's a dare.
October 24, 2016
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