\ 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

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 The 1-0 defeat at home to Sheffield United in last season’s crunch match in March, where the woodwork was hit twice, stands out as one glaring example., "Why Marcelo Bielsa and Experience From 2018/19 Season Will Help Leeds Get Promoted," 20 Aug. 2019 Sunlight glaring off the metal siding of a safe house. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out.," 18 Aug. 2019 Less than 24 hours after practicing under the lights, Alabama was back to dealing with the hot, glaring sun Friday afternoon. Rainer Sabin |, al, "Alabama practice report: Top freshman RB not spotted," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The surprise is that the glare of that spotlight only stiffens Gun’s spine. Ty Burr,, "In ‘Official Secrets,’ Keira Knightley speaks truth to power," 4 Sep. 2019 The fluorescent glare of the overhead lights continued day and night, troubling their sleep. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out.," 18 Aug. 2019 Special for Science This weekend's celestial alignment is a special chance for professional astronomers to study the corona, the outer atmosphere of the sun, which is usually hidden by the glare of the sun. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "How to watch South America’s total eclipse from anywhere," 2 July 2019 Stephen Piscotty somehow found Buster Posey’s line drive in his glove despite the sunset’s glare. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "‘Lick your wounds, come in tomorrow and do your job’: A closer look at the Athletics’ rare bullpen meltdown," 24 Aug. 2019 Auto-dimming mirrors alleviate this problem by darkening the surface of the mirror to eliminate the intensity and glare of the light. Washington Post, "Edmunds: 7 used car tech features that might surprise you," 21 Aug. 2019 This year’s event may not be quite that spectacular, because lunar glare will be intense on Aug. 12 and 13, when the spectacle peaks. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "The Perseids have arrived. Here’s how to enjoy the year’s best meteor shower," 3 Aug. 2019 But with that high-profile sky show battling the full moon’s glare this year, your best bet for getting your meteor fix may be to look for minor showers like the Alpha-Capricornids. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Perseids peak, and more top stargazing events in August," 1 Aug. 2019 The rigidness of the body betrays the salacious reclining posture, and the girl’s flat steely-eyed glare is hardly an invitation to look. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 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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