cause great fear or nervousness in; frighten.
"the rapid questions were designed to <b>scare</b> her <b>into</b> blurting out the truth"
synonyms: frighten, make afraid, make fearful, make nervous, panic, throw into a panic, terrify, petrify, scare/frighten to death, scare stiff, scare witless, scare/frighten the life out of, scare the hell out of, strike terror into, fill with fear, put the fear of God into, give someone goose pimples, make someone's blood run cold, chill someone's blood, send into a cold sweat, startle, alarm, give someone a fright, give someone a turn, shock, appall, horrify, intimidate, daunt, unnerve, scare the pants off, scarify, make someone's hair curl, throw into a blue funk, put the wind up, scare the bejesus out of, spook, fright, affright, scare shitless, scare the shit out of
a sudden attack of fright.
"gosh, that gave me a scare!"
synonyms: fright, shock, start, turn, jump, the heebie-jeebies