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Definition of glare noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] a very bright, unpleasant light the glare of the sun The rabbit was caught in the glare of the car's headlights. These sunglasses are designed to reduce glare. (figurative) The divorce was conducted in the full glare of publicity (= with continuous attention from newspapers and television).
  2. 2[countable] a long, angry look to give someone a hostile glare Thesauruslookglance gaze stare glimpse glareThese are all words for an act of looking, when you turn your eyes in a particular direction.look an act of looking at someone or something:Here, take a look at this.glance a quick look:She stole a glance at her watch.gaze a long steady look at someone or something:He felt embarrassed under her steady gaze.stare a long look at someone or something, especially in a way that is unfriendly or that shows surprise:She gave the officer a blank stare and shrugged her shoulders.glimpse a look at someone or something for a very short time, when you do not see the person or thing completely:He caught a glimpse of her in the crowd.glare a long angry look at someone or something:She gave her questioner a hostile glare.Patterns a look/glance at somebody/something a penetrating/piercing look/glance/gaze/stare a long look/glance/stare a brief look/glance/glimpse to have/get/take a look/glance/glimpse to avoid somebody's glance/gaze/stare
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