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verb [transitive] frighten pronunciation in American English /ˈfraɪt(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfrighten
he/she/itfrightens
present participlefrightening
past tensefrightened
past participlefrightened
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  1. to make someone feel afraid, especially suddenly
    Stop it! You’re frightening the children!
    1. a.
      to make someone feel nervous or worried
      The thought of war frightens me.
      It frightens me how quickly children grow up these days.
    2. b.
      to persuade someone to do or not do something by making them feel afraid
      frighten someone into/out of doing something: adverts that frighten people into buying expensive security equipment

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