Definition of glare in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡler/


[no object]
1Stare in an angry or fierce way: she glared at him, her cheeks flushing
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  • Anthon glared at her, angry that she wasn't doing what she was told.
  • She swallowed painfully and glared at the angry red and bleeding hole in his shoulder.
  • Joshua came back out of the bathroom wearing a scowl, and glared at the other two.
scowl, glower, stare angrily, look daggers, frown, lower, give someone a black look, look threateningly
informal give someone a dirty look
1.1 [with object] Express (a feeling, especially defiance) by staring in an angry way: he glared defiance at the pistols pointing down at him
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  • I guess I was glaring death stares at them because they stopped.
  • Aerin glared defiance at him, but beneath that defiant facade, Cole detected fear.
  • He was glaring daggers at his friends who didn't seem to notice what he was doing.
2 [with adverbial] (Of the sun or an electric light) shine with a strong or dazzling light: the sun glared out of a clear blue sky
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  • I woke to the sun glaring in my face, the bright light blinding me.
  • It was a cold and empty room, with harsh white light glaring above.
  • Above him, a bright fluorescent light was glaring down, making his head ache.
blaze, beam, shine brightly, be dazzling, be blinding


1A fierce or angry stare.
Example sentences
  • Both sides were throwing glares and looks of contempt.
  • His remark was met with various glares and dirty looks.
  • Nine of the ten pilots were sitting around on crates or boxes, talking to each other, shooting glares and dirty looks at the remaining one.
scowl, glower, angry stare, frown, black look, threatening look
informal dirty look
2Strong and dazzling light: Murray narrowed his eyes against the glare of the sun
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  • Similarly, an anti-reflection coating can be given to avoid glare from light.
  • The site is also relatively long in the east-west direction, so avoiding the sun's glare at dawn and in the late afternoon.
  • The instrument faces are coated with electro-chromatic device which regulates glare according to ambient light levels.
blaze, dazzle, shine, beam;
radiance, brilliance, luminescence
2.1Oppressive public attention or scrutiny: he carried on his life in the full glare of publicity
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  • Evil grows in dark corners, not out in the full glare of public attention.
  • But the death of George I and the accession of a new king placed him in the full glare of public attention.
  • But let's put it to the harsh glare of the public.
3 archaic Dazzling or showy appearance; tawdry brilliance: the pomp and glare of rhetoric



Pronunciation: /ˈɡlerē/
Example sentences
  • On one side of the catwalk, the British side, it was Gobi-desert hot; on the other just glary enough for the Americans to don their sunglasses.
  • They'd look better still if the overhead spotlights were less glary, but that's another story.
  • ‘Thank you,’ Dan said while walking back out into the glary sunlight.


Middle English (in the sense 'shine brilliantly or dazzlingly'): from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German glaren 'to gleam, glare': perhaps related to glass. The sense 'stare' occurred first in the adjective glaring (late Middle English).

  • glass from Old English:

    The substance glass goes back to ancient Mesopotamia or Phoenicia (modern Lebanon and Syria). Glasses ‘spectacles’ dates from the mid 18th century, although before that people would use a single glass or ‘an eye glass’. ‘Men seldom make passes / At girls who wear glasses’ is by the American wit Dorothy Parker (1893–1967). The proverb people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, dates from the 17th century. People started complaining of the existence of a glass ceiling, meaning an unofficial barrier to advancement at work, especially for a woman, in the early 1980s. Glaze (Late Middle English), to equip with glass, comes from glass and was first used of eyes, in Shakespeare's Richard II: ‘For Sorrowes eyes glazed with blinding tears, Divides one thing entire to many objects.’ Glare (Middle English) first found in the sense ‘dazzling shine’ may be related.

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