Definition of glow in English:


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Pronunciation: /gləʊ


[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, burn without flames, smoulder
  • 1.1Have an intense colour and a slight shine: [with complement]: a fluorescent screen glowed a faint green colour
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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, shed a glow; gleam, glimmer, flicker, flare
  • 1.2(Of a person’s face) appear pink or red as a result of warmth, health, embarrassment, etc.: 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, go red, colour, colour up, go pink, crimson, go scarlet, be suffused with colour; burn, radiate heat
    archaic mantle
  • 1.3Convey deep pleasure through one’s expression or 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.
    radiate, tingle, thrill; beam


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

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