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glare

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verb \ˈgler\

Simple Definition of glare

  • : to shine with a harsh, bright light

  • : to look directly at someone in an angry way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of glare

glared

glaring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to shine with a harsh uncomfortably brilliant light b :  stand out, obtrude

  3. 2 :  to stare angrily or fiercely

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to express (as hostility) by staring angrily

  6. 2 archaic :  to cause to be sharply reflected

Examples of glare in a sentence

  1. The sun glared down relentlessly.

  2. The white snow glared in the morning sunlight.

  3. The teacher glared at him as he walked in late.



Origin and Etymology of glare

Middle English glaren; akin to Old English glæs glass


First Known Use: 13th century


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glare

noun

Simple Definition of glare

  • : a harsh, bright light

  • : an angry look

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of glare

  1. 1 a :  a harsh uncomfortably bright light <the glare of a neon sign> <the glare of publicity>; especially :  painfully bright sunlight b :  cheap showy brilliance :  garishness

  2. 2 :  an angry or fierce stare

  3. 3 :  a surface or sheet of smooth and slippery ice

Examples of glare in a sentence

  1. There was a glare coming off the water.

  2. I was blinded by the glare of the approaching headlights.

  3. I shielded my eyes from the glare of the sun.

  4. The car's headlights are designed to cut down on glare.

  5. She responded to the reporters' questions with an angry glare.



15th Century

First Known Use of glare

15th century


GLARE Defined for Kids

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glare

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verb \ˈgler\

Definition of glare for Students

glared

glaring

  1. 1 :  to shine with a harsh bright light

  2. 2 :  to look fiercely or angrily




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glare

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noun

Definition of glare for Students

  1. 1 :  a harsh bright light

  2. 2 :  a fierce or angry look





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