\ 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

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 But there is one state where Mr. Trump’s absence has been particularly glaring: California, the West Coast bastion of the Democratic Party. Adam Nagourney And Tim Arango, New York Times, "A Visit Behind the Lines: President Trump Heads to California," 12 Mar. 2018 Sometimes the warning signs are glaring and ignored. Mark Berman, The Seattle Times, "One year later, mystery of Las Vegas massacre remains," 1 Oct. 2018 If there was a glaring incongruity between these activities, an indication of a profoundly divided self, so what? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "A Handbag Named Desire: Desperate for a Vuitton Speedy in Working-Class Massapequa," 31 Aug. 2018 The immediate, glaring question here is why on earth Camille doesn’t take the cue and get herself out of this house. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But once the glare faded, the company did send many of the jobs across the border. John King, CNN, "Trump sits out Indiana Senate primary, and his supporters are split," 8 May 2018 Henningsen's main goal with his lighting designs was to eliminate glare and evenly distribute light in a room. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lamp Has A Remarkable History," 22 Jan. 2019 Their frames are on the pricier side for online frames—mostly in the $80 to $120 range, but that includes prescription, anti-glare, and UV-protective lenses. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Places to Buy Glasses Online in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Since overhead lights and windows tend to cause the most glare, using lower wattage bulbs or coverings like blinds may also help. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Comfortable If You Work at Computer All Day," 5 Oct. 2018 The touch screen is touchy for fat fingers and the screen is high in the center stack and vulnerable to glare in sunshine. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018 Gossage can still reach back for that intimidating glare, the one that radiates an uncomfortable intensity — particularly when the subject is Cashman. New York Times, "An Exiled Old-Timer, Goose Gossage Still Won’t Back Down," 15 June 2018 Does playing this part give you a sense of sympathy for anyone under the glare of the political spotlight? Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Front Runner's Sara Paxton on Playing Donna Rice and the Unfathomable Glare of Political Scandal," 6 Nov. 2018 Toward the back of the hotel is a Zen dining room—a cool, tranquil space to sip on a coffee before stepping out into the glare of a sunny day on the beach. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018

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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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