Definition of glare in English:


Syllabification: glare
Pronunciation: /gle(ə)r


[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


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  • 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



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  • 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).

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