October 25, 2016
Learner's Word of the Day
frighten /ˈfraɪtn/ verb

frightens; frightened; frightening

The boy is frightening his sister.
The boy is frightening his sister.
Learner's definition of FRIGHTEN

1 [+ object] : to cause (someone) to become afraid

  • The story really frightened me.

  • The child was badly frightened by the mask.

  • The story nearly frightened me to death. = The story nearly frightened the life out of me. [=the story frightened me very badly]

2 [no object] : to become afraid

  • She doesn't frighten easily.

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