\ 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



Definition of blare (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On a stretch of highway under construction near Chicago’s downtown skyscrapers, horns blare in standstill traffic. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 July 2022 Still, horns would blare, and some geniuses would swerve at me slightly. Nick Offerman, Outside Online, 21 July 2022 Prominent chefs and restaurateurs from across the country gathered at Lyric’s Civic Opera Building for the award ceremony, which began just as sirens began to blare in downtown Chicago for a tornado warning. Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 Headlines that blare out the latest in AI are bound to toss around the Machine Learning or Deep Learning phrasing and catch your attention. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Longtime Andretti mechanic Mike Miller hid a train horn under James Hinchcliffe’s golf cart that would blare uncontrollably. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2022 The speakers blare funky Cambodian pop music and the walls are decked out with vintage movie posters. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 25 May 2022 And the sirens here still blare daily, even if the last shell fell more than two weeks ago. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Rock music continued to blare, eerily, from the restaurant’s sound system. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What if the Purgers just won't stop when the end-of-Purge sirens blare? Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 16 June 2022 The members grabbed their backpacks, gathered up half-empty bags of chips and some clementine peels to use as compost, and alighted into a blare of car horns and the blithe clamor of a midtown Saturday night. Danyoung Kim, The New Yorker, 2 June 2022 The blare of horns keeps you on edge as traffic backs up. Megan Marples, CNN, 5 July 2022 When the sirens blare, Purgers and Anti-Purgers get locked in conflict, while a few people just trying to survive get caught in-between. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 16 June 2022 That’s prime territory for Sandler these days, who has over the years calmed his antic ‘SNL’ blare into thoughtful world-weariness. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 In Kyiv, once-teeming squares are almost empty at midday as air raid sirens blare and Russian troops work to encircle the capital. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Guests who need a bigger break from the blare can unplug in quiet rooms. Michelle Maltais, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 Explosions continue to rock Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, where air raid sirens blare into the night. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blare


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blare


Middle English bleren; akin to Middle Dutch blēren to shout

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More Definitions for blare


\ 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.



Kids Definition of blare (Entry 2 of 2)

: a harsh loud noise

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