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blare

Syllabification: blare
Pronunciation: /bler
 
/

Definition of blare in English:

verb

Make or cause to make a loud, harsh sound: [no object]: the ambulance arrived outside, siren blaring [with object]: the radio was blaring out organ music
More example sentences
  • All of a sudden, alarms blared out over the loud speakers as the facility went on high alert.
  • Loud rap music blared out of the house as people spilled out of the party onto the lawn.
  • Pro-government slogans were blaring out of loud speakers affixed to cars by campaigners.
Synonyms
blast, sound loudly, trumpet, bray, clamor, boom, blat, roar, thunder, bellow, resound

noun

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A loud harsh sound: a blare of trumpets
More example sentences
  • From the initial blare of the trumpets, the album has that thrill of half-recalled familiarity.
  • The noise and the blare, the bands and the screaming, the pageantry and oratory of the long full campaign fade on election day.
  • Where this is not observed, there is no real music, but only a devilish blare and hubbub.
Synonyms
blast, trumpeting, clamor, boom, roar, thunder, bellow, blat

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'roar, bellow'): from Middle Dutch blaren, bleren, or Low German blaren, of imitative origin. Current senses date from the late 18th century.

Derivatives

blaring

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adjective
Example sentences
  • She led the way to the back where there were no flashing lights or blaring speakers, just blissfully dim light.
  • He walked by a few, noting one that had blaring rock music coming out of it, trying to find one that caught his interest.
  • With one hand, she chose various parts of the silencer pistol, and with the other, she put blaring headphones over her ears.

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