Thesaurus

flare

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of flare

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a sudden and usually temporary growth of activity
  • a flare in gift card sales around graduation time

Synonyms for flare

Words Related to flare

Near Antonyms for flare

2 a sudden intense expression of strong feeling
  • ended the quarrel with a stunning flare of swearwords

Synonyms for flare

Words Related to flare

3 the steady giving off of the form of radiation that makes vision possible
  • in the darkness the flare of a single match might be seen by enemy troops

Synonyms for flare

Words Related to flare

Near Antonyms for flare

flare

verb

Synonyms of flare (Entry 2 of 2)

to shine with a bright harsh light
  • floodlights flaring into the forbidding empty spaces surrounding the prison

Synonyms for flare

Words Related to flare

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about flare

Time Traveler for flare

Time Traveler

The first known use of flare was in 1580

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Flare.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/flare. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on flare

Dictionary: Definition of flare

Medical Dictionary: Definition of flare

Nglish: Translation of flare for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of flare for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about flare

Comments on flare

What made you want to look up flare? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!