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Definition of flare noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually singular] a bright but unsteady light or flame that does not last long The flare of the match lit up his face.
  2. 2a device that produces a bright flame, used especially as a signal; a flame produced in this way The ship sent up distress flares to attract the attention of the coastguard. A flare lit up the sky.
  3. 3a shape that becomes gradually wider a skirt with a slight flare
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: flare