Definition of glare noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡleə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡler//
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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 somebody a hostile glare Synonymslookglance 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 somebody/​something:Here, have a look at this.glance a quick look:She stole a glance at her watch.gaze a long steady look at somebody/​something:She felt embarrassed under his steady gaze.stare a long look at somebody/​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 somebody/​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 somebody/​something:She fixed her questioner with 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 Synonymsstaregaze peer glareThese words all mean to look at somebody/​something for a long time.stare to look at somebody/​something for a long time, especially with surprise or fear, or because you are thinking:I screamed and everyone stared.gaze (rather formal) to look steadily at somebody/​something for a long time, especially with surprise or love, or because you are thinking:We all gazed at Marco in amazement.peer to look closely or carefully at something, especially when you cannot see it clearlyglare to look angrily at somebody/​something for a long time:I looked at her and she glared stonily back.Patterns to stare/​gaze/​peer/​glare at somebody/​something to stare/​gaze/​peer/​glare suspiciously to stare/​gaze/​peer anxiously/​intently to stare/​gaze/​glare wildly/​fiercely See related entries: Anger
  3. Word OriginMiddle 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).Extra examples For a moment she was blinded by the harsh glare of the sun. He sent her a glare that was full of suspicion. He turned his baleful glare on the cowering suspect. She fixed her questioner with an icy glare. She shot a warning glare at her companion. The divorce was conducted in the full glare of media publicity. The walls were whitewashed to reflect the glare of the sun. Under the glare of the street lamps, visibility was good. We screwed up our eyes against the blinding glare from the searchlights. We wore sunglasses to reduce the glare from the road.
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