glare

verb
\ˈgler \
glared; glaring

Definition of glare 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to shine with a harsh uncomfortably brilliant light

b : stand out, obtrude

2 : to stare angrily or fiercely glared at me with rage and hate

transitive verb

1 : to express (something, such as hostility) by staring angrily glared defiance at each other

2 archaic : to cause to be sharply reflected

glare

noun

Definition of glare (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a harsh uncomfortably bright light the glare of a neon sign the glare of publicity especially : painfully bright sunlight

b : cheap showy brilliance : garishness enjoyed the glitter and glare of the city's nightlife

2 : an angry or fierce stare

3 : a surface or sheet of smooth and slippery ice

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Synonyms & Antonyms for glare

Synonyms: Verb

frown, gloom, glower, lower (also lour), scowl

Synonyms: Noun

blaze, flare, fluorescence, gleam, glow, illumination, incandescence, light, luminescence, radiance, shine

Antonyms: Verb

beam, grin, smile

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Examples of glare in a Sentence

Verb

The sun glared down relentlessly. The white snow glared in the morning sunlight. The teacher glared at him as he walked in late.

Noun

There was a glare coming off the water. I was blinded by the glare of the approaching headlights. I shielded my eyes from the glare of the sun. The car's headlights are designed to cut down on glare. She responded to the reporters' questions with an angry glare.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While Viola deems himself a laissez-faire owner, the past couple years offer two glaring examples of intervention. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Now a South Florida resident, Panthers owner Vinnie Viola hopes to remedy past errors, prepare for future," 18 June 2018 To cap it all, there are glaring holes in the euro area’s design. The Economist, "A case for owning euro-zone shares," 9 June 2018 The only glaring hole in his game is creating his own shot. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Scouting the NCAA Tournament: One NBA Prospect for All 68 Teams," 11 Mar. 2018 That last item is the most telling indicator of the Galactic Empire’s glaring open secret — its extreme weakness. Amy Erica Smith, Vox, "Solo reveals the weakness of the Star Wars Galactic Empire," 20 June 2018 To prevent the sun from glaring in at the middle of the day, the glass is heavily tinted above the rear-view mirror. Jordan Golson, Ars Technica, "Tesla’s Model X: A lovely roadtripper with stiff daily driving competition," 21 Jan. 2018 The team is on the verge of a rebuild, and its lack of international prospects is glaring, a byproduct of years of little investment in the market. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "As new signing period approaches, will Orioles invest more in international market?," 1 July 2018 England looked to get on the ball and go forward, but the absences of Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane were glaring in their attacking play. SI.com, "England 0-1 Belgium: Januzaj Stunner Seals Group G Success for Red Devils as Three Lions Falter," 28 June 2018 Kennedy said as the hot Texas sun glared off the pavement. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Texas border chaos: Courts, families, government collide in zero-tolerance debacle," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In April, under the glare of television cameras, Mr. Zuckerberg appeared in front of Congress for two days to answer questions about Cambridge Analytica. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Facebook Faces Broadened Federal Investigations Over Data and Privacy," 2 July 2018 The polarized lenses not only cut glare, they're also formulated to block damaging UVA and UVB rays. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "These Running Sunglasses Are the Only Ones I've Tried That Don't Slip or Bounce," 28 June 2018 This is a 10-bit-per-pixel wide gamut display, supporting 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color space and an anti-glare coating. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "HP’s ZBook x2: It’s powerful, it’s specialized, and it’s very expensive," 27 May 2018 Her icy glare, made famous to a new generation on The Crown, is captured in the cringeworthy photographs. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Trump Ends Tumultuous U.K. Visit With A Breach In Royal Protocol," 14 July 2018 And Hurts, by and large, wilted in its harsh glare. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Live updates from Nick Saban after A-Day Game," 21 Apr. 2018 His lawyers say Cruz needs a new start, away from the media glare in South Florida. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Brother of Parkland school shooter gets a new life — and a free apartment — out of state | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 With 30 minutes to go before the sun’s glare started to hit the west coast, Shen managed to find his first target and send its coordinates along to a collaborator at the Lick Observatory near San Jose. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Milky Way's Speediest Stars Could Solve a 50-Year-Old Mystery," 9 May 2018 In additon, many of the frames also have glare reduction to prevent digital eye strain from looking at screens. Gina Tomaine, Good Housekeeping, "I Wore Blue Light Blocking Glasses Every Day For A Week—Here’s What I Learned," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of glare

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glare

Verb

Middle English glaren; akin to Old English glæs glass

Noun

see glare entry 1

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More Definitions for glare

glare

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine with a harsh, bright light

: to look directly at someone in an angry way

glare

noun

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

: a harsh, bright light

: an angry look

glare

verb
\ˈgler \
glared; glaring

Kids Definition of glare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to shine with a harsh bright light

2 : to look fiercely or angrily

glare

noun

Kids Definition of glare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a harsh bright light

2 : a fierce or angry look

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