\ 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 Finding a consistent punt returner Aside from battling injury bugs all season, one of Texas’ glaring issues in 2019 was finding an effective, reliable punt returner. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "5 key issues for Texas heading into next season: Who can solve Longhorns’ punt returning problems?," 14 May 2020 Best Colts draft coverage anywhere: Colts general manager Chris Ballard didn’t see a glaring hole up front for this draft. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts stay local, grab Ball State's Danny Pinter in fifth round to provide offensive line depth," 25 Apr. 2020 There are probably several explanations, but a glaring one is this: Older adults are some of the most at-risk in this public health crisis. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "Covid-19 is pushing Americans into early retirement," 23 Apr. 2020 Contaminated tests The failure by the CDC to quickly produce a test kit to detect the coronavirus was triggered by a glaring scientific breakdown at the CDC’s lab in Atlanta. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "What we know about delays in coronavirus testing," 18 Apr. 2020 Despite glaring flaws, prime minister Modi recommended yesterday (April 14) that citizens download this app while announcing an extension of the national lockdown till May 3. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "The coronavirus app Narendra Modi endorsed is a privacy disaster," 15 Apr. 2020 While there wasn’t a radioactive mess to clean up like there was after Iowa’s disastrous caucuses last week, there were still glaring issues in the immediate aftermath of the race. Lily Herman, Teen Vogue, "New Hampshire Primary Results Don’t Mean That Warren, Biden Are Out of the 2020 Race," 12 Feb. 2020 Losing the fair would rival Austin’s glaring civic casualty, when the coronavirus forced the 2020 cancellation of internationally popular South by Southwest. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Will the State Fair of Texas be canceled? Those who will make the decision ponder the unthinkable," 1 May 2020 These glaring examples foreshadow the cyclical, deeply-rooted racial issue in America. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Michael B. Jordan on Black Panther, Diversity, and Being the Face of Coach," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Writing that, even in the white glare of the camera’s flash, looked like a message addressed to me: the word HI and then my name, spelled out in capital letters. B. Pietras, Longreads, "Secret Museums," 27 Apr. 2020 As the leader of AT&T’s WarnerMedia division from the time of the merger until recently, Mr. Stankey stepped out of the relatively anonymous role of telecommunications executive and into the media glare. Edmund Lee, New York Times, "AT&T Names John Stankey C.E.O. as Randall Stephenson Plans to Retire," 24 Apr. 2020 While Bevin reveled being in the media glare of Trump’s visit, Beshear’s campaign pointed to the get-out-the-vote effort by Democrats built over months of work by volunteers. Washington Post, "Kentucky governor looks for last-minute boost from Trump," 5 Nov. 2019 While trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs fight more personal and complex battles. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 But Balkman doesn't hesitate when asked about the weight of everything on his shoulders in this case -- the media glare, the high-powered attorneys, the legal precedent. Wayne Drash, CNN, "From Ferris Bueller to opioid trial: A judge's wild ride into history," 26 Aug. 2019 The March article, coming as O’Rourke launched his campaign, was his moment in the media glare. Liz Goodwin,, "One viral moment can set a 2020 candidate apart — but they’re hard to come by," 6 July 2019 Kindle Paperwhite The new Kindle Paperwhite is water-resistant, glare-free, has a long-lasting battery and a 300-pixel-per-inch resolution. NBC News, "Last minute Mother's Day gifts that will arrive on time," 5 May 2020 During his 26 seasons in Miami, Shula became an institution and looked the part, with a jutting jaw and glare that intimidated 150-pound sports writers and 300-pound linemen alike. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Don Shula, Hall of Fame coach and Painesville native, dead at 90," 4 May 2020

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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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce glare (audio)

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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