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

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 Yet as the Ravens have slipped into mediocrity — 40-40 in five regular seasons since their Super Bowl XLVII win — first-round busts such as safety Matt Elam (2013) and receiver Breshad Perriman (2015) are glaring. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has something to prove as farewell tour begins with NFL draft," 12 Apr. 2018 His absence has been particularly glaring in the last 30-plus games when Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger had cooled off from their torrid pace and Kyle Seager continued to struggle. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Can Robinson Cano’s return lift Mariners into the playoffs?," 12 Aug. 2018 The Return, there's a recurring, uncomfortable element that has become too glaring to ignore, and that is its lengthy depictions of violence against women. Emma Dibdin, Marie Claire, "Is There Too Much Violence Against Women in the New 'Twin Peaks'? Mädchen Amick Addresses the Debate," 28 July 2017 For all the hype Three Billboards has gotten in its stead, McDonagh’s absence feels glaring. Eliza Berman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Oscar Nominations," 23 Jan. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Additionally, Blanco’s camera is well-shaded, according to Sheppard, which helped reduce the glare and scattered light from Jupiter. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Astronomers have found a new crop of moons around Jupiter, and one of them is a weirdo," 17 July 2018 Kensington Palace has faced criticism for not doing enough to protect Thomas Markle from the inevitable glare of publicity that would come with the build up to the wedding. Simon Cullen, CNN, "Thomas Markle, Meghan's dad, says 'My baby looks beautiful'," 19 May 2018 Prolonged exposure to glare from sunlight or headlights can temporarily affect your visibility at night. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Why objects in mirror are closer than they appear," 15 Apr. 2018 In the time before their plane crash, Carolyn felt the pressure from the glare of the paparazzi, while John was dealing with his magazine’s financial problems. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "What You Might Not Know About JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s Marriage," 28 June 2017 Straight on models, defiant glares, clothes photographed squarely from the front. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "This Photographer Might Be the Most Influential, Unknown Woman at Fashion Week," 5 Sep. 2018 My eyes felt more rested at the end of the day (probably from the reduced screen time and glare) and looked visibly less red and tired. Gina Tomaine, Good Housekeeping, "I Wore Blue Light Blocking Glasses Every Day for a Week — Here’s What I Learned," 11 July 2018 For innovative products that provide help in challenging situations, consider a new spin on tablet cases, a mat that’s got your back (and feet and rump), an antidote to sun glare and a collapsible rack that turns any door into extra hanging space. Judi Dash, latimes.com, "This gear makes your world go round, flat, darker and spacier," 2 July 2018

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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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glare

verb

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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