Definition of flare verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    flare

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fleə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fler//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flare
    BrE BrE//fleə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fler//
     
    he / she / it flares
    BrE BrE//fleəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flerz//
     
    past simple flared
    BrE BrE//fleəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flerd//
     
    past participle flared
    BrE BrE//fleəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flerd//
     
    -ing form flaring
    BrE BrE//ˈfleərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflerɪŋ//
     
    Describing clothes, Anger
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to burn brightly, but usually for only a short time or not steadily The match flared and went out. The fire flared into life. (figurative) Colour flared in her cheeks. His dark eyes flared angrily.
  2. 2[intransitive] flare (up) (especially of anger and violence) to suddenly start or become much stronger synonym erupt Violence flared when the police moved in. Tempers flared towards the end of the meeting. related noun flare-up (1) See related entries: Anger
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] (+ speech) to say something in an angry and aggressive way ‘You should have told me!’ she flared at him. See related entries: Anger
  4. 4[intransitive] (of clothes) to become wider towards the bottom The sleeves are tight to the elbow, then flare out. See related entries: Describing clothes
  5. 5[transitive, intransitive] flare (something) if a person or an animal flares their nostrils (= the openings at the end of the nose), or if their nostrils flare, they become wider, especially as a sign of anger The horse backed away, its nostrils flaring with fear.
  6. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘spread out one's hair’): of unknown origin. Current senses date from the 17th cent.Extra examples A light flared briefly, then went out. Anger suddenly flared in his eyes. The fire flared into life again. Violence flared up in the capital last night. Phrasal Verbsflare up
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