\ 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

Washington Post report on passport crackdown had glaring factual problems, HuffPost finds. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Supreme showdown set for Kavanaugh, accuser; DOJ asked to probe John Kerry's 'shadow diplomacy'," 18 Sep. 2018 But there is one state where Mr. Trump’s absence has been particularly glaring: California, the West Coast bastion of the Democratic Party. Adam Nagourney And Tim Arango, New York Times, "A Visit Behind the Lines: President Trump Heads to California," 12 Mar. 2018 Sometimes the warning signs are glaring and ignored. Mark Berman, The Seattle Times, "One year later, mystery of Las Vegas massacre remains," 1 Oct. 2018 If there was a glaring incongruity between these activities, an indication of a profoundly divided self, so what? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "A Handbag Named Desire: Desperate for a Vuitton Speedy in Working-Class Massapequa," 31 Aug. 2018 The immediate, glaring question here is why on earth Camille doesn’t take the cue and get herself out of this house. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 One glaring exception to the outpouring of Republican praise from Miami-Dade County’s members of Congress, who are more moderate than many of their colleagues. Anthony Man,, "Florida leaders divided over Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Karius made two glaring mistakes against Real Madrid in Kiev, gifting goals to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in a 3-1 defeat for the Reds., "Jurgen Klopp Claims Loris Karius Concussion '100 Per Cent' to Blame for UCL Final Errors," 6 July 2018 The arrival of more than one million people in 2015, most fleeing wars in Syria and Iraq, exposed glaring deficiencies in EU migrant reception capacities and asylum laws. Washington Post, "Debate over migrants divides EU; Mini-summit seeks solutions," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Does playing this part give you a sense of sympathy for anyone under the glare of the political spotlight? Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Front Runner's Sara Paxton on Playing Donna Rice and the Unfathomable Glare of Political Scandal," 6 Nov. 2018 Toward the back of the hotel is a Zen dining room—a cool, tranquil space to sip on a coffee before stepping out into the glare of a sunny day on the beach. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 Well, the league once fined a player for writing his dead father’s nickname on the anti-glare strips under his eyes. Nestor Ramos,, "Too bad Colin Kaepernick doesn’t play for the NBA, a league that actually supports its players," 25 May 2018 But shadows or the glare of the sun can hamper the view in rare instances, possibly resulting in scraping the other plane or difficulties in performing a refueling, according to the Air Force. Anthony Capaccio,, "Boeing Says It's Close to Fixing a Flaw Delaying KC-46 Tanker," 4 May 2018 South Jersey Democratic Congressional candidate Jeff Van Drew is facing the glare of a student activist once again after David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting, tweeted about Van Drew’s A rating from the NRA. Aubrey Nagle,, "Comcast staffers report sexual harassment, Cosby jury explains verdict | Morning Newsletter," 1 May 2018 But shadows or the glare of the sun can hamper the view in rare instances, possibly resulting in scraping or difficulties in connecting for a refueling, according to the Air Force. Tony Capaccio,, "Boeing's tardy $44.3 billion tanker nears milestone after spat," 20 June 2018 What brought the media glare to an otherwise unremarkable cap-and-gown ceremony was a potent mix of feminist tension and Cold War politics. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "‘Find the joy’: The day Barbara Bush wowed Wellesley’s feminist protesters with a graduation speech," 18 Apr. 2018 Throw in all the twists and turns as journalists dig into the matter and the testimony that will rivet the nation next week under the glare of television lights. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "The moral and political dilemma created by Kavanaugh's accuser," 18 Sep. 2018

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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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