frighten

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frighten (third-person singular simple present frightens, present participle frightening, simple past and past participle frightened)

  1. To cause to feel fear; to scare; to cause to feel alarm or fright
    Avery puts a sheet over her head, pretending to be a ghost to frighten Emily.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English fyrhtan; equivalent to fright +‎ -en.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfrixtən/, [ˈfriçtən]

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frighten

  1. To frighten, scare

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  • English: (to) fright (archaic)

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