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dare vb.1 (2 freq.: not pre-Eliz.)
1. to go so far as “to,” be willing “to” Mer.V. V. i. 251 “I be bound,” H8 V. i. 17 “I love you And durst commend a secret to your ear” ; phr. “dares” or “durst better”=would rather All'sW. III. vi. 95, H8 III. ii. 254.
2. to challenge, defy MND. III. ii. 413, 1H6 I. iii. 45 “am I dar'd and bearded to my face?,” Rom. II. iv. 12 “being d-d,” Ham. IV. v. 132 “I damnation,” Mac. III. iv. 104, Ant. III. xi. [xiii.] 25 ∥ Obscure passages: Meas. IV. iv. 28* (‘Reason taunts or defies her with no,’ or ‘Reason defies her denial of my assertions’); 2H4 IV. i. 119* (‘Their coursers, by neighing, challenging the spur to give the signal of setting off’).
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