\ 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

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 One thing that makes windshield glare much worse is cleaning the top of the dash with a product like Armor All, which is designed to make surfaces shine. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 This time, the left-hander plunked the third baseman in the left elbow with his first pitch, leading Suárez to glare at the closer before making his way to first. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2021 And with the pandemic finally easing, the summer sun will beat down Sunday on mostly maskless faces until darkness falls, the fireworks begin and rockets glare red over citizens no longer required to stand six feet apart. Washington Post, 4 July 2021 Just watching two young women whisper to each other and glare seductively at the camera is giving me a mild panic attack. Emma Specter, Vogue, 28 May 2021 Photos of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of Iran’s 1979 Revolution, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who succeeded him as the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, glare down at you. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2021 In a dilapidated building in central Awka, at the office of a local human rights group, the Prime Advocacy for Human Rights Preservers Initiative, cartoon posters of angry judges glare down from the walls. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2020 By now, details of the Taylor case are highly known, and the spotlight continues to glare on Cameron. Dallas News, 6 Oct. 2020 Because the selection of voices was so carefully considered, demographics that are missing seem glaring. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For Scheffler, his one chance to see his son up close and personal in the glare of the national championship spotlight was denied by the recent pandemic during the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco, which was held without fans. Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 More than most companies and organizations, Facebook has, for years, been in the harsh glare of the public spotlight for their activities, policies and products. Edward Segal, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 But despite firmly locating herself in the No. 2 spot, Harris continues to be caught in the harsh glare of the spotlight., 11 July 2021 New work shows how narrow, bristlelike scales and a waxy, glare-cutting coating combine to make parts of the wings nearly invisible. Harini Barath, Scientific American, 15 Sep. 2021 And there is nothing Trump craves more than attention -- even the glare of bad publicity. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 As with other Kindle devices, Kindle Kids features a black and white glare-free display. Isabel Garcia,, 20 Aug. 2021 Holl’s luminous facades suffuse the building with light, but the absence of windows in the gallery spaces leaves them glare-free. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 24 June 2021 This tablet is laser-focused on making reading a great expereince, with a 167 ppi glare-free display, adjustable brightness and a battery that lasts weeks at a time. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 21 June 2021

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

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8 Sep 2021

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“Glare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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