\ 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

The Pistons’ glaring need is a wing with size, a roster hole anyone can notice. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons need a wing, but these two big men may be tempting," 17 June 2019 Then will the stick figure rise from the page, with scent and sweat, glaring, cackling, and cussing, looking out his or her window toward his or her world. Richard Brady, National Review, "Valley of the Shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 The Toronto Raptors won 123-109 and a took a 2-1 series lead, and the absences of Durant and Thompson, who was a game-time decision after sustaining a mild hamstring pull in Game 2, were glaring. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Vulnerable Warriors facing the biggest test of their dynasty," 6 June 2019 There was, however, one glaring deficiency this week: the Open’s official app/website. Daniel Rapaport,, "2019 British Open Parting Thoughts: Lowry’s Victory, Koepka Makes History and More," 21 July 2019 But the oversights were glaring — as in, why is there nothing from Asia or Latin America on this menu? Carolina A. Miranda,, "McDonald’s international menu is missing a Peruvian hot sauce bar, so we made our own," 14 June 2019 Those aren't majorly concerning — although the counting categories should have been better for the 16-loss Hoosiers — but his lack of efficiency was glaring. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NBA Draft 2019: Pacers could show free agency plan with No. 18 draft pick," 6 June 2019 There is nothing glaring that stands out for us that would call for a rehearing. Dave Kolpack, Twin Cities, "North Dakota court overturns man’s life sentence in baby cut from womb case," 22 Aug. 2019 Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray may be swell guys and savvy mentors for Mitch Trubisky, but their limitations on the field are glaring. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: Is there a problem with the backup quarterbacks? How many touches will Cordarrelle Patterson get? Plus more kicker questions.," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Situated far from the glare of city and small town lights, these places offer the same unimpeded view of the cosmos that our ancestors saw thousands of years ago, before electric lighting conquered the darkness. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Where the last pristine skies in America are," 6 Aug. 2019 Those chrome helmets are the epitome of beauty, and honestly, on a sunny day, the glare off of them might be an advantage. Stephen Means,, "Ranking the top five uniforms in college football: Buckeye Take," 31 July 2019 But no bursting bombs or rockets’ red glare were missed, as a singing choir of patriotic Pilots fans gave proof that the fans were still there. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s ballparks: At Mulcahy Stadium, the fans keep the game together," 9 July 2019 Despite the controversy, there is a huge amount of public support for Harry and Meghan and their choice to bring Archie up away from the glare of the spotlight. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Chose Not Announce Archie's Godparents Publicly," 6 July 2019 Sunglasses protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. Houston Chronicle, "Accessories to help you enjoy life under the sun," 27 June 2019 The rockets’ red glare will be seen in the skies above Costa Mesa on Thursday night, when the Fairview Developmental Center will hold its annual fireworks show to mark Independence Day. Luke Money,, "Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa to host fireworks show Thursday night," 27 June 2019 Standing in small, tense groups, we air grievances and share horror stories, then come home and glare at the devices resting snugly in their chargers, resisting the urge to smash them with a bottle of rosé. Washington Post, "Leading with trust: Why we let our teens have some phone freedom," 13 Sep. 2019 Get glowing Although many people worry about having enough light, the biggest challenge is usually avoiding glare, Bunsa said. Real Estate, "5 ways the right lighting can elevate a home," 12 Sep. 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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