glare

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verb

glared; glaring

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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

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noun

1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The face of the shooter seemed to glare down from the television above his son’s bed. Jenny Deam, ProPublica, 31 May 2022 Observations that could lead to more discoveries about space are being obstructed due to light and glare from the satellites, even with attempts by companies like SpaceX to dim them. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 8 Apr. 2022 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
Noun
Aaron Judge’s experience as a left fielder under the massive glare of the New York Yankee spotlight is none. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 Now, the village of 4,761 in a red county Mr. Vance handily won has been under the national glare. Jazmine Ulloa, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2023 From MauiGreen to Hawaii Lava, all of Maui Jim's sunglasses come with PolarizedPlus2 lenses designed to protect your eyes from intense glare. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2023 On stage, drag artist Aphrodite Banks is a femme fatale: Caked in war paint, with a waterfall of braids whipping around her waist, she’s possessed of the white-hot glare and forthright confidence to match her Amazonian height and bearing. Guy Lodge, Variety, 21 Feb. 2023 The San Fernando Valley native took the council’s leadership post under the glare of unprecedented national scrutiny in October, as fallout from the leak scandal roiled the city. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2023 At the periphery of businesses, unhoused people would have access to bathrooms and WiFi without having to sleep under the harsh glare of parking lot lights. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2023 Allen Lee Hughes’ electric lighting announces Booth, who, under its high-wattage glare, is practicing a game of three-card Monte with an amateur’s stern focus. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Oct. 2022 Three games under the glare of New York’s withering spotlight seemed to underscore, sample size notwithstanding, the Padres seem different and possess dynamic and fresh momentum. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

Middle English glaren; akin to Old English glæs glass

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near glare

Cite this Entry

“Glare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glare. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

glare

verb
ˈgla(ə)r,
ˈgle(ə)r
glared; glaring
1
a
: to shine with a harsh uncomfortably brilliant light
b
: to stand out annoyingly
2
: to stare angrily or fiercely
glare noun
glary
ˈgla(ə)r-ē
ˈgle(ə)r-
adjective

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