blare

verb
\ ˈbler How to pronounce blare (audio) \
blared; blaring

Definition of blare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to sound loud and strident radios blaring

transitive verb

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

blare

noun

Definition of blare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud strident noise
2 : dazzling often garish brilliance

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Examples of blare in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Celebration Police rushed to the scene, sirens blaring. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Clap, Clap, Clap! Sly Rebellion From the USWNT," 17 June 2019 Something ominous is clearly happening: Sirens blare in the distance, and there’s word that all businesses have been ordered to close. (jim Carmody), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Horror-flick chills hint at larger ills in La Jolla Playhouse’s ambitious and mysterious ‘Put Your House in Order’," 9 June 2019 When a home invasion rape occurs in Alaska’s largest city, the Anchorage Police Department sends patrol cars with sirens blaring, Deputy Chief Ken McCoy said. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network," 16 May 2019 The emergency sirens that have been blaring from the campus of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, aren’t new, said campus Chief of Police Paul Dillon. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Emergency sirens at UMBC aren't new, but are getting more use this year than before," 3 June 2019 The country music blaring through the bar was pierced by the sounds of men crying and women screaming—and then, more gunfire. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Police Probe Motive in Southern California Bar Massacre," 8 Nov. 2018 Protest slogans blared through megaphones as school groups and office workers milled in the square. Time, "Confusion and Protests. How Seoul Reacted to President Trump Quitting the North Korea Summit," 25 May 2018 When the kids are screaming, the dogs are scuffling, the television is blaring, your spouse is cranky, and your work world has frazzled your last nerve, the best medicine is --the porch. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "The power of a porch: 7 ways to maximize your outdoor space," 19 Mar. 2018 Cheers and whoops drowned out the pop music blaring from the loudspeakers. Laura Parker, WSJ, "The Next Generation of Competitive Gamers Is…Over 60?," 14 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The blare of Puccini, in the background, is cut off on the brink of the final chord. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“The Dead Don’t Die” Does the Zombie Genre to Death," 14 June 2019 An ominous warning about safety liability blares over the loudspeaker. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "A Workhorse Rocket Maker Tries to Touch the Sun—And Stay Relevant," 16 Aug. 2018 Sparks fly, smiles abound and music blares from some of the biggest names in electronic dance. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Martin Garrix Adds Tchami, Lost Frequencies & More to Ushuaia Ibiza Summer 2018," 14 June 2018 Past the dining room is the garden room, a blare of white woodwork and shutters against light lavender walls and lime green chair seats. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Indian Village home with gardens, koi pond is groomed to the gills," 19 May 2018 Wearing a mile-wide smile, San Francisco Mayor-elect London Breed breezed across Rosa Parks Elementary School’s auditorium stage Thursday to a standing ovation, thunderous applause and the blare of a lone air horn. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed returns to her roots to celebrate election as SF mayor," 14 June 2018 Two gut-wrenching booms and then a blare of sirens out our window alerted us to the Boston Marathon bombings. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Take me outside the ball game," 13 June 2018 The honks come as single horn pumps, multi-toots, and long, sustained blares. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How a volcano scientist set out to change American politics," 7 June 2018 Be warned: The LaSalle is adjacent to an active railroad track, and that horn blares loudly, almost comically so. Jody Schmal, Houston Chronicle, "Where to stay and play in College Station," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of blare

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blare

Verb

Middle English bleren; akin to Middle Dutch blēren to shout

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blare

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a loud and usually unpleasant sound

blare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blare (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud and usually unpleasant noise

blare

verb
\ ˈbler How to pronounce blare (audio) \
blared; blaring

Kids Definition of blare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to sound loud and harsh I heard the sirens blare.
2 : to present in a harsh noisy manner Loudspeakers blared advertisements.

blare

noun

Kids Definition of blare (Entry 2 of 2)

: a harsh loud noise

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