What does "________" mean? How is it used in a sentence?



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June 23, 2014 - Word of the Day: scare


Use this word when describing feelings of fear.

As a verb, it looks like this:

  • The thunder and lightning scared the children.
  • Did the tornado scare you?
  • This movie will scare a lot of people.
  • That strange man scares me.

As an adjective, you have two choices: "scared" or "scary."

  • Why does she have that scared look on her face?
  • They look very scared. What's wrong?
  • Nightmare on Elm Street is a scary movie.
  • That geometry test was scary. ("Scary" sometimes means "difficult," "unusual," or "weird.")
  • Sheila's hair looks kind of scary today.
  • Who's that scary guy that lives in the old house down the street?

Sometimes "scare" is used as a noun:

  • I had a scare last week when I went to the doctor and found out that my blood pressure was way to high. (a scare = a frightening result, often related to one's personal health and well being.)
  • This will put a scare into you. (This will frighten you.)


A note to other teachers: It always surprises me to learn how many of my students don't know this word. They know "afraid" or "fear," but they don't know "scare" or "scary."


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