Etymology
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frighten (v.)

"strike with fear, terrify," 1660s, from fright (n.) + -en (1). Related: Frightened; frightening. The earlier verb was simply fright (v.).

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Definitions of frighten

frighten (v.)
cause fear in;
The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me
Synonyms: fright / scare / affright
From wordnet.princeton.edu