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

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

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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

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Synonyms of flare (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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The first known use of flare was in 1580

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“Flare.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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