Definition of glare in English:

glare

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Stare in an angry or fierce way.

    ‘she glared at him, her cheeks flushing’
    • ‘She gave us both an annoyed look, glared at the shovel for good measure, and stalked off.’
    • ‘Anthon glared at her, angry that she wasn't doing what she was told.’
    • ‘She glared at him threateningly and then spun around, before he could say anything abusive.’
    • ‘There was an angry silence between the two of them where they just glared at each other.’
    • ‘I glared at him, willing my stare to pierce his forehead and at least in some way convey my intense resent of his everything.’
    • ‘She raised her head and glared at me while I merely stared, stunned at what I did to her.’
    • ‘She put her hands on her hips and glared at me, her eyes seeming to stare right into the inside of my mind.’
    • ‘She chuckled and glared at some girls who were staring at me with gaping expressions.’
    • ‘She glared at him and then looked off to stare at nothing in particular.’
    • ‘Steven glared at his father daring him to deny the charges he was throwing his way.’
    • ‘She stomped in, glared at me, and yowled fit to rattle the windows.’
    • ‘She swallowed painfully and glared at the angry red and bleeding hole in his shoulder.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I soon had to leave for a lecture, so I glared at her as I left.’
    • ‘In contrast, the Saturday evening audience sat and glared at us in stony-eyed silence.’
    • ‘Joshua came back out of the bathroom wearing a scowl, and glared at the other two.’
    • ‘Warren frowned and glared at his wife until she finally raised her eyes to meet his.’
    • ‘Joe turned and glared at the stranger as though he too was angry with his voice.’
    • ‘The social worker has even stated at one point that I am an evil woman because I stood with my hands on my hips and glared at him.’
    • ‘I glared at them quietly, unable to concentrate on my book, feeling crowded in.’
    • ‘I glared at it, becoming angry when it laid down were it sat and began to lick its paws.’
    stare angrily, scowl, glower, look daggers, frown, lour, give someone a black look, look menacingly, look threateningly
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    1. 1.1with object Express (a feeling) by staring fiercely.
      ‘he glared defiance at the pistols pointing at him’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The two best friends glared daggers at each other until Khristy finally broke them up.’
      • ‘You get the impression he could glare the bait into the seats.’
      • ‘If I so much as took a breath too deeply for her liking, she would glare daggers at me.’
      • ‘He was glaring daggers at his friends who didn't seem to notice what he was doing.’
  • 2with adverbial (of the sun or an electric light) shine with a strong or dazzling light.

    ‘the sun glared out of a clear blue sky’
    • ‘The afternoon sun was glaring off the glass on the door, so I couldn't see inside to see if Bronwyn was there or not.’
    • ‘By then I had broken out into more than a little sweat, from the scorching sun glaring down on my back.’
    • ‘I woke rather refreshed with the sun glaring brightly in my eyes.’
    • ‘That was until someone rapped on her door and her eyes open, the sun glaring into the window like a cop with a flashlight going to a car full of drunken teens.’
    • ‘The door was thrown open and Eva couldn't get a good look at the man because of the sun glaring in her eyes, which was more bright than usual.’
    • ‘The sun glared down on him and he stopped at a small café to get something to drink.’
    • ‘The mid afternoon sun glared down on me as I looked around for the megaliths.’
    • ‘Above him, a bright fluorescent light was glaring down, making his head ache.’
    • ‘It was a hot day the sun was glaring down upon everything in the desert where the Assassin's guild kept their fortress.’
    • ‘It was a gorgeous day, the kind of winter day when the sun glares off the snow and makes everything look neat and clean.’
    • ‘It was a cold and empty room, with harsh white light glaring above.’
    • ‘The lights were glaring down on the field, illuminating the place so it could be seen miles around.’
    • ‘The sun was shining behind him and glaring into her eyes but Dara couldn't tear her eyes away from him.’
    • ‘I woke to the sun glaring in my face, the bright light blinding me.’
    • ‘The winter sun glared down coldly into his face and far off in the distance a semi honked its horn.’
    • ‘Dann's voice startles me, the lights glaring on, painfully.’
    • ‘His accent was also hard to understand, and putting him at the end of the day when the sun was glaring in the tent and everyone was full and tired probably didn't help.’
    • ‘Much better - a stainless steel ceiling, the smell of cold metal, surgery lights glaring down at him.’
    • ‘The lights above glared down on them all, a rack of suns illuminating a drifting fleet of ships.’
    • ‘What was even worse for me was that I'd forgotten my sunglasses the night before, so I'm driving with a killer headache and the sun was glaring at me!’
    blaze, be dazzling, be blinding, shine brightly, flare, flame, beam
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noun

  • 1A fierce or angry stare.

    ‘she gave Harley a glare of contempt’
    • ‘My parents nodded again, their looks turning into glares and Debbie started to smile.’
    • ‘The implication grants him another series of angry glares.’
    • ‘When the speech began, the foreign players shared quizzical glances, which soon turned to angry glares.’
    • ‘Now, every time you pass her in the hail, she not only stares but glares.’
    • ‘Around the room angry glares were thrown at Josh who responded by smiling bashfully and trying to shrink against the window pane behind him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both sides were throwing glares and looks of contempt.’
    • ‘No, not a death glare; just one of those teasing glares you give your friends, your students and co-workers.’
    • ‘They all stared at her with glares on their faces.’
    • ‘His remark was met with various glares and dirty looks.’
    • ‘They entered the Council room only a moment later and were instantly greeted by an even number of displeased glares and calm stares.’
    • ‘At first there were angry glares, but these were soon followed by comments which left him in little doubt that his safety was at risk.’
    • ‘On Friday, for example, we were treated to the full repertoire of stares, glares and sighs, all of which do nothing but make him look a right prat in front of his hosts.’
    • ‘During our exchanges there were plenty of glares and stares, and maybe even a couple of opinions shared.’
    • ‘I didn't much feel like having a miserable evening of Dad being uncomfortable while Mom and me sent angry glares at each other.’
    • ‘She swayed to the music as she sang and groups of boys stared at her and got angry glares from other girls.’
    • ‘Many were sending and receiving fierce glares.’
    • ‘Walking through the halls, I tried to ignore the gasps, whispering, stares, and the glares coming my way.’
    • ‘Many women were giving him strange looks and dirty glares as he started to run.’
    • ‘She usually gave me very solemn, or angry glares.’
    angry stare, scowl, glower, frown, black look, menacing look, threatening look
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  • 2mass noun Strong and dazzling light.

    ‘Murray narrowed his eyes against the glare of the sun’
    • ‘It sees headlight dazzle in its rear view mirror and dims the mirror to avoid glare.’
    • ‘The last type of coating is the anti-reflective. It utilizes mental oxides to block reflected light and to reduce glare.’
    • ‘The stadium lights glare down coldly as you inhale a deep breath of cold, crisp air.’
    • ‘Light's bleaching glare may saturate the picture plane, obscuring tone, details and minute particulars.’
    • ‘Every light inside the ship burst on at full intensity, the bright glare cruelly lighting the snow and lowering skies.’
    • ‘We were told that the idea was to absorb light and hence reduce glare.’
    • ‘To reduce glare from laser light, the models were painted black.’
    • ‘When nighttime outdoor lights send glare up and out instead of down, they don't just waste energy, they drown out the sky, too.’
    • ‘Change the monitor location or tilt it to eliminate glare from lights or windows.’
    • ‘For those that must be on, switch to a lower wattage or try low-pressure sodium lights that reduce glare.’
    • ‘There's glare from the artificial light, which leads to issues like not being able to see dust and smoke and equipment coming at you.’
    • ‘The instrument faces are coated with electro-chromatic device which regulates glare according to ambient light levels.’
    • ‘If you have too much light or glare, computer screens can be affected and buildings can get too hot.’
    • ‘Similarly, an anti-reflection coating can be given to avoid glare from light.’
    • ‘Office arrangement, lighting, resolution and glare from the screen are also important.’
    • ‘These treatments diffuse light but may increase glare as surface brightness is increased.’
    • ‘Capping the atrium is a dome, with a glazed section cut at an angle to admit north light and eliminate glare and solar gain.’
    • ‘English pistols were usually browned to reduce glare and light reflection.’
    • ‘The diffusers provide a unified, decorative look to the ceiling, reducing glare and spreading the light smoothly over a large area.’
    • ‘The site is also relatively long in the east-west direction, so avoiding the sun's glare at dawn and in the late afternoon.’
    strong light, dazzling light, blaze, dazzle, shine, beam, flare
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    1. 2.1 Oppressive public attention.
      ‘he carried on his life in the full glare of publicity’
      • ‘Evil grows in dark corners, not out in the full glare of public attention.’
      • ‘But let's put it to the harsh glare of the public.’
      • ‘But the death of George I and the accession of a new king placed him in the full glare of public attention.’
      • ‘The fact is, they would probably choose to settle down somewhere cosy, preferably in the full glare of the public eye.’
      • ‘Did the media spotlight glare of attention on being first dominate other aspects of the campaign coverage?’
      public attention, public interest, public notice, media attention, media interest, exposure, limelight, fuss, commotion
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  • 3archaic mass noun Dazzling or showy appearance.

    ‘the pomp and glare of rhetoric’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘shine strongly’): 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).

Pronunciation

glare

/ɡlɛː/