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blared; blaring

intransitive verb

: to sound loud and strident
radios blaring

transitive verb

: to sound or utter raucously
sat blaring the car horn
: to proclaim flamboyantly
headlines blared his defeat


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: a loud strident noise
: dazzling often garish brilliance

Example Sentences

Verb Rock music blared through the store from the loudspeakers. Loudspeakers blared rock music through the store. Noun the blare of electric guitars the blare of horns arising from the long line of cars behind him did nothing to help the motorist get his car started again
Recent Examples on the Web
The Mavericks then closed practice as Doncic and his coaching crew moved to a nearby basket, but his Slovenian music continued to blare through the closed media entrance door for about another half-hour. Dallas News, 17 Apr. 2022 Accustomed to air raid alerts, few people in Dnipro regularly shelter when the sirens here blare — and, in any event, Ukrainian officials say their air defenses were initially unable to detect the barrage of missiles Russia launched that Saturday. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2023 Did the music enfold audiences rather than blare at them from afar? Justin Davidson, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2022 Flash your headlights and blare your horn to catch the oncoming driver’s attention. Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2022 Ambulances and police cars blare in the streets, jets carve the clouds, and the radio reports of unrest in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Randall Colburn,, 16 Jan. 2023 What cultural icons blare from the megaphones of fame has always been a vulnerability of the industry. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2022 The hall’s old incarnation tended to muffle some of that vehemence, so the orchestra had to blare louder and bow harder to get its points across. Justin Davidson, Vulture, 16 Dec. 2022 Adhikari and a colleague now claim, in interviews for an explosive new report by the labor-rights group Equidem, that the stadium site’s fire alarms would blare for a sudden evacuation. Matt Sullivan, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2022
The air-raid alarm had stopped by the time Mr. Biden got back into his motorcade and departed the monastery, and alarms sound almost daily in Kyiv, but the blare of the siren added to the bristling tension of the moment. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2023 When the blare of the siren rang out over the loud speaker, the students in a school in central Kyiv quickly rose from their desks, packed their things and filed calmly down the stairs behind their teachers. Megan Specia Laura Boushnak, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2023 The harsh blare of an alarm clock is often enough to distract us, preventing fleeting memories of dreams from ever being recorded to our long-term memory. Megan Schmidt, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2019 The alarms in his Cincinnati-area home blare for the brood of six kids at 6 a.m. on weekdays. Jonathan Abrams, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2022 The astronauts and flight controllers watched the second 1202 alarm blare on board the Eagle, followed by a 1201 alarm three minutes later then the last two back-to-back 1202 alarms almost immediately. Amy Shira Teitel, Discover Magazine, 5 Jan. 2018 Each blare echoed, bouncing off the concrete walls. Dallas News, 27 June 2022 Locals often take little note of the air-raid sirens, continuing to sip their coffee at sidewalk cafes as the warnings blare. Ian Lovett, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Air-raid sirens blare in Kyiv as Russia hammers region; NATO warns Putin on nukes. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English bleren; akin to Middle Dutch blēren to shout

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blare was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Blare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
ˈbla(ə)r How to pronounce blare (audio)
blared; blaring
: to sound loud and harsh
: to sound or say in a harsh noisy manner
loudspeakers blaring advertisements


2 of 2 noun
: a loud disagreeable noise
the blare of trumpets

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