\ 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



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


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


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

Salary and workplace discrepancies have been particularly glaring in light of the global dominance of the U.S. women, especially in comparison to the lack of relative success by their male counterparts. Michael Mccann,, "What Mediation Means for U.S. Soccer, USWNT in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit," 21 June 2019 Though far from the only shortcoming on a defense that allowed the most points in the league in 2018, the Raiders’ inability to pressure opposing quarterbacks was particularly glaring. Matt Kawahara,, "Goal of Raiders’ pass-rush after ineffective 2018: ‘Change that narrative’," 5 June 2019 Before the ball left Raptors guard Danny Green’s hands, Warriors guard Klay Thompson glared at teammate Stephen Curry, raised his arms in disgust and shook his head. Connor Letourneau,, "What must Warriors do for NBA Finals comeback against Raptors?," 8 June 2019 MacKenzie's move makes even more glaring the absence of the the Amazon CEO from the more than 200 people on the Giving Pledge list. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Mackenzie Bezos Signs a Pledge to Give Half Her Fortune to Charity—Your Move, Jeff," 28 May 2019 But there's a glaring difference between so many of those cases and the case of R. Kelly, and that's the race of the accusers. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "R. Kelly Docuseries Reminds Us That Not All Stories of Sexual Assault Are Treated Equally," 11 Jan. 2019 One glaring difference, though, is since the show is filmed in Canada, all the moms went back to work when their kids were 9 months old. Lindsey Benoit O’connell, Good Housekeeping, "Netflix's 'Workin' Moms' Gets Me More Than Any Other Show," 7 Mar. 2019 There is one other glaring issue with the Motorola One and One Power: neither phone is coming to the US, at least not yet. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Motorola One is a slick budget iPhone X clone," 31 Aug. 2018 During the prosecution’s closing arguments, Manafort sat stone-faced, glaring at a TV on his table showing the exhibits. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Manafort attorneys: Mueller team failed to prove a crime was committed," 15 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Zendaya laughs as her niece shoots us a stormy glare. Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, "With HBO’s Euphoria, Zendaya Puts Her Disney Past Behind Her Once and For All," 9 May 2019 Harry grew up with a constant glare of the cameras on him. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Royal Reporter Katie Nicholl on Harry and Meghan's Next Chapter," 8 Apr. 2019 The Special Victims Division is headquartered in a gray brick building on Avenue C, where the front doors are routinely stuck halfway open and, at night, roof floodlights give the humble edifice a penitentiary glare. Kathy Dobie, Daily Intelligencer, "To Catch a Predator," 16 Mar. 2018 Use Filters and a Polarizer Graduated neutral-density filters and a high-quality polarizer can be effective in increasing dynamic range and saturation while reducing glare. Sunset, "How Sunset‘s Staff Photographer Shoots a Camping Trip," 22 Jan. 2018 Also, the glass-like finish of a high-gloss surface creates a significant amount of reflectance, which can create glare and eye fatigue. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About High-Gloss Paint," 22 May 2019 Baker’s lenses are all polarized (which protects your vision, reduces the need to squint, and cuts down on horizontal glare) and have UV400 protection. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This Brand Is Shaking Up the Eyewear Market With Luxe, Elegant Sunglasses for $110," 30 Apr. 2019 But her glares, her nasty asides to Jon about Dany's beauty and his attraction to her, undermine Sansa's grit and intelligence and erode at her evolution from the petulant brat of Season 1. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Rivalry Between Sansa & Daenerys Is Gendered and Regressive," 16 Apr. 2019 Fraser, who regularly gives presentations on innovation in Silicon Valley, remembers coming of age during a time when strong women like Anita Hill, Marcia Clark, and Hillary Clinton landed under the harshest glare of a microscope. Jenna Birch, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Secret Code to Success Most Women Don't Even Know Exists," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of glare


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


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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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



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

: a harsh, bright light
: an angry look


\ 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



Kids Definition of glare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a harsh bright light
2 : a fierce or angry look

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