glare

verb
\ ˈgler How to pronounce glare (audio) \
glared; glaring

Definition of glare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to shine with a harsh uncomfortably brilliant light
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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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 By now, details of the Taylor case are highly known, and the spotlight continues to glare on Cameron. Dallas News, "Long seen as a rising star for GOP, Kentucky AG now faces heat for handling of Breonna Taylor case," 6 Oct. 2020 Because the selection of voices was so carefully considered, demographics that are missing seem glaring. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the U.S. Passport Evolved from Status Symbol to Essential Travel Document," 1 May 2020 Theodosia seemed one of those maimed or homely people who—feeling themselves unimprovable—make a militant point of glaring you down. Allan Gurganus, The New Yorker, "The Wish for a Good Young Country Doctor," 27 Apr. 2020 All through Louisville Tuesday night, the economic impact of the virus was glaring. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "As St. Patrick's Day came and went, coronavirus kept Louisville bars empty and joyless," 18 Mar. 2020 Finding a consistent punt returner Aside from battling injury bugs all season, one of Texas’ glaring issues in 2019 was finding an effective, reliable punt returner. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "5 key issues for Texas heading into next season: Who can solve Longhorns’ punt returning problems?," 14 May 2020 Best Colts draft coverage anywhere: Colts general manager Chris Ballard didn’t see a glaring hole up front for this draft. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts stay local, grab Ball State's Danny Pinter in fifth round to provide offensive line depth," 25 Apr. 2020 There are probably several explanations, but a glaring one is this: Older adults are some of the most at-risk in this public health crisis. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "Covid-19 is pushing Americans into early retirement," 23 Apr. 2020 Contaminated tests The failure by the CDC to quickly produce a test kit to detect the coronavirus was triggered by a glaring scientific breakdown at the CDC’s lab in Atlanta. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "What we know about delays in coronavirus testing," 18 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Few executives have faced a challenge like this, and the most iconic figures in the technology industry have wilted under the glare of antitrust scrutiny. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "Google Antitrust Fight Thrusts Low-Key C.E.O. Into the Line of Fire," 21 Oct. 2020 The screen should be dimmed to reduce strain on the eyes, and the room should be well lit with light coming from behind the computer to reduce glare. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland eye doctors see more complaints about eye pain from kids due to virtual learning," 2 Oct. 2020 Avoid tables with overhead can lighting and those with glare from bare bulbs or shiny surfaces. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "The camera eats first: 5 tips for foodies from a photo pro," 28 Sep. 2020 There's no unnecessary glare or distortion to push a gimmicky curved display. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 4a review—The simple, basic, reasonable Google phone," 30 Aug. 2020 Offers up to 7,000 hours of warmth from a low-glare lamp. cleveland, "These patio heaters can extend your time outdoors as temperatures drop and entertainment options remain limited," 16 Sep. 2020 The neighborhood email list grouses about the glare. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 But remember, a light that is too bright can cause glare and reflection, both undesirable traits in tracking situations. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Hunting Flashlight," 10 Sep. 2020 The instrument panel brightness cannot be adjusted, possibly causing glare when driving at night. Detroit Free Press, "Car safety recalls for August 27-Sept. 3," 4 Sep. 2020

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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 and Noun

Middle English glaren; akin to Old English glæs glass

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Time Traveler for glare

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The first known use of glare was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

13 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glare. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for glare

glare

verb
How to pronounce glare (audio)

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 How to pronounce glare (audio) \
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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