Definition of glare in English:



  • 1Stare in an angry or fierce way.

    ‘she glared at him, her cheeks flushing’
    • ‘She glared at him threateningly and then spun around, before he could say anything abusive.’
    • ‘Anthon glared at her, angry that she wasn't doing what she was told.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She put her hands on her hips and glared at me, her eyes seeming to stare right into the inside of my mind.’
    • ‘Joe turned and glared at the stranger as though he too was angry with his voice.’
    • ‘In contrast, the Saturday evening audience sat and glared at us in stony-eyed silence.’
    • ‘She swallowed painfully and glared at the angry red and bleeding hole in his shoulder.’
    • ‘There was an angry silence between the two of them where they just glared at each other.’
    • ‘She raised her head and glared at me while I merely stared, stunned at what I did to her.’
    • ‘She gave us both an annoyed look, glared at the shovel for good measure, and stalked off.’
    • ‘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 chuckled and glared at some girls who were staring at me with gaping expressions.’
    • ‘Steven glared at his father daring him to deny the charges he was throwing his way.’
    • ‘Warren frowned and glared at his wife until she finally raised her eyes to meet his.’
    • ‘I glared at them quietly, unable to concentrate on my book, feeling crowded in.’
    • ‘Joshua came back out of the bathroom wearing a scowl, and glared at the other two.’
    • ‘She stomped in, glared at me, and yowled fit to rattle the windows.’
    • ‘I glared at it, becoming angry when it laid down were it sat and began to lick its paws.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I soon had to leave for a lecture, so I glared at her as I left.’
    • ‘She glared at him and then looked off to stare at nothing in particular.’
    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, especially defiance) by staring in an angry way.
      ‘he glared defiance at the pistols pointing down at him’
      • ‘You get the impression he could glare the bait into the seats.’
      • ‘He was glaring daggers at his friends who didn't seem to notice what he was doing.’
      • ‘The two best friends glared daggers at each other until Khristy finally broke them up.’
      • ‘Aerin glared defiance at him, but beneath that defiant facade, Cole detected fear.’
      • ‘I guess I was glaring death stares at them because they stopped.’
      • ‘If I so much as took a breath too deeply for her liking, she would glare daggers at me.’
  • 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’
    • ‘I woke to the sun glaring in my face, the bright light blinding me.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘It was a hot day the sun was glaring down upon everything in the desert where the Assassin's guild kept their fortress.’
    • ‘The sun glared down on him and he stopped at a small café to get something to drink.’
    • ‘The lights above glared down on them all, a rack of suns illuminating a drifting fleet of ships.’
    • ‘The sun was shining behind him and glaring into her eyes but Dara couldn't tear her eyes away from him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 afternoon sun was glaring off the glass on the door, so I couldn't see inside to see if Bronwyn was there or not.’
    • ‘It was a gorgeous day, the kind of winter day when the sun glares off the snow and makes everything look neat and clean.’
    • ‘Above him, a bright fluorescent light was glaring down, making his head ache.’
    • ‘The mid afternoon sun glared down on me as I looked around for the megaliths.’
    • ‘It was a cold and empty room, with harsh white light glaring above.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 lights were glaring down on the field, illuminating the place so it could be seen miles around.’
    blaze, be dazzling, be blinding, shine brightly, flare, flame, beam
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  • 1A fierce or angry stare.

    • ‘I didn't much feel like having a miserable evening of Dad being uncomfortable while Mom and me sent angry glares at each other.’
    • ‘My parents nodded again, their looks turning into glares and Debbie started to smile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around the room angry glares were thrown at Josh who responded by smiling bashfully and trying to shrink against the window pane behind him.’
    • ‘Many women were giving him strange looks and dirty glares as he started to run.’
    • ‘No, not a death glare; just one of those teasing glares you give your friends, your students and co-workers.’
    • ‘Many were sending and receiving fierce glares.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They all stared at her with glares on their faces.’
    • ‘She swayed to the music as she sang and groups of boys stared at her and got angry glares from other girls.’
    • ‘She usually gave me very solemn, or angry glares.’
    • ‘Walking through the halls, I tried to ignore the gasps, whispering, stares, and the glares coming my way.’
    • ‘When the speech began, the foreign players shared quizzical glances, which soon turned to angry glares.’
    • ‘The implication grants him another series of angry glares.’
    • ‘Now, every time you pass her in the hail, she not only stares but glares.’
    • ‘During our exchanges there were plenty of glares and stares, and maybe even a couple of opinions shared.’
    • ‘Both sides were throwing glares and looks of contempt.’
    angry stare, scowl, glower, frown, black look, menacing look, threatening look
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  • 2Strong 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.’
    • ‘Similarly, an anti-reflection coating can be given to avoid glare from light.’
    • ‘These treatments diffuse light but may increase glare as surface brightness is increased.’
    • ‘The stadium lights glare down coldly as you inhale a deep breath of cold, crisp air.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The diffusers provide a unified, decorative look to the ceiling, reducing glare and spreading the light smoothly over a large area.’
    • ‘Light's bleaching glare may saturate the picture plane, obscuring tone, details and minute particulars.’
    • ‘If you have too much light or glare, computer screens can be affected and buildings can get too hot.’
    • ‘The site is also relatively long in the east-west direction, so avoiding the sun's glare at dawn and in the late afternoon.’
    • ‘Office arrangement, lighting, resolution and glare from the screen are also important.’
    • ‘Every light inside the ship burst on at full intensity, the bright glare cruelly lighting the snow and lowering skies.’
    • ‘For those that must be on, switch to a lower wattage or try low-pressure sodium lights that reduce glare.’
    • ‘Capping the atrium is a dome, with a glazed section cut at an angle to admit north light and eliminate glare and solar gain.’
    • ‘Change the monitor location or tilt it to eliminate glare from lights or windows.’
    • ‘The last type of coating is the anti-reflective. It utilizes mental oxides to block reflected light and to reduce glare.’
    • ‘English pistols were usually browned to reduce glare and light reflection.’
    • ‘The instrument faces are coated with electro-chromatic device which regulates glare according to ambient light levels.’
    • ‘When nighttime outdoor lights send glare up and out instead of down, they don't just waste energy, they drown out the sky, too.’
    strong light, dazzling light, blaze, dazzle, shine, beam, flare
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    1. 2.1 Oppressive public attention or scrutiny.
      ‘he carried on his life in the full glare of publicity’
      • ‘Did the media spotlight glare of attention on being first dominate other aspects of the campaign coverage?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      public attention, public interest, public notice, media attention, media interest, exposure, limelight, fuss, commotion
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  • 3archaic Dazzling or showy appearance; tawdry brilliance.

    ‘the pomp and glare of rhetoric’


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).