Definition of glow in English:


Syllabification: glow
Pronunciation: /glō


[no object]
  • 1Give out steady light without flame: the tips of their cigarettes glowed in the dark
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    • Her flowing, dark hair seemed to glow with a pale light all its own, while her eyes shone.
    • A little flower of light glowed around my hand as I lowered the flame down to the candle and lit it.
    • It was silver and light blue and glowed radiantly in the dark.
    radiate heat, smolder, burnbright, shining, radiant, glimmering, flickering, twinkling, incandescent, luminous, luminescent; lit (up), lighted, illuminated, ablaze; aglow, smoldering
  • 1.1Have an intense color and a slight shine: [with complement]: faces that glowed red with the cold
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    • Jade's bracelets began to clatter against each other and the runes began to glow alternate colours; red and gold.
    • Both of her arms began to glow green and red as the ground beneath her began to shake.
    • So, if peer at my PC tower in the dark under my desk, it now glows red, green and blue from the chinks in its case.
    shine, radiate, gleam, glimmer, flicker, flare; luminescevivid, vibrant, bright, brilliant, rich, intense, strong, radiant, warm
  • 1.2Have a heightened color or a bloom on the skin as a result of warmth or health: he was glowing with health
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    • He turned to me and I hung my head in embarrassment, my face glowing.
    • When he turned back to her, his entire face glowed slightly pink.
    • A few moments later, his face glowed with the pride of triumph.
    flush, blush, redden, color (up), go pink, go scarlet; burn
  • 1.3Feel deep pleasure or satisfaction and convey it through one’s expression and bearing: Katy always glowed when he praised her
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    • Practically glowing with pleasure, she continued over to the fire, ladling stew into a bowl for breakfast.
    • The choreographers and casting directors were glowing with support and praise.
    • Even Palace boss Iain Dowie was glowing with his praise for the Manchester United man after the game.
    tingle, thrill; beam


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  • 1A steady radiance of light or heat: the setting sun cast a deep red glow over the city
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    • A red glow lit up the horizon to the south where another city drowned in flames.
    • Firefighters described a red glow lighting up the sky when they arrived at Shuttlewood Boatyard, Waterside Road, Pagglesham.
    • I see the glint off its silver sides, the red glow where re-entry has heated it to some high temperature.
    radiance, light, shine, gleam, glimmer, incandescence, luminescence; warmth, heat
  • 1.1A feeling of warmth in the face or body; the visible effects of this as a redness of the cheeks: he could feel the brandy filling him with a warm glow
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    • His mind was still on Myra and his thoughts of her were spreading a warm glow through his body.
    • She whispered the words she had been taught so long ago and felt the heat increase, filling her body with a warm glow.
    • The liquid burned his insides, but as it hit his empty stomach a pleasant warm glow radiated through his body.
  • 1.2A strong feeling of pleasure or well-being: with a glow of pride, Mildred walked away
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    • He felt a glow of pleasure at being right and then a shiver of fear as he remembered the deaths that the case had caused.
    • What you encounter is a glow of contentment which stops a safe distance from self-satisfaction; from such a happy condition the book takes its tone.
    • In A Little Learning Evelyn recalls childhood as ‘an even glow of happiness’.
    happiness, contentment, pleasure, satisfaction


Old English glōwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gloeien and German glühen.

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