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

     

    glow

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡləʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡloʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they glow
    BrE BrE//ɡləʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡloʊ//
     
    he / she / it glows
    BrE BrE//ɡləʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡloʊz//
     
    past simple glowed
    BrE BrE//ɡləʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡloʊd//
     
    past participle glowed
    BrE BrE//ɡləʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡloʊd//
     
    -ing form glowing
    BrE BrE//ˈɡləʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡloʊɪŋ//
     
    Happiness, Good health
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (especially of something hot or warm) to produce a dull, steady light The embers still glowed in the hearth. The lighted candles glowed in the darkness. The strap has a fluorescent coating that glows in the dark. + adj. A cigarette end glowed red in the darkness. Synonymsshinegleam glow sparkle glisten shimmer glitter twinkle glintThese words all mean to produce or reflect light.shine to produce or reflect light, especially brightly:The sun was shining and the sky was blue.gleam to shine with a clear bright or pale light, especially a reflected light:Moonlight gleamed on the water.glow (often of something hot or warm) to produce a dull steady light:The end of his cigarette glowed red.sparkle to shine brightly with small flashes of light:The diamonds sparkled in the light.glisten (of something wet) to shine:The road glistened wet after the rain.shimmer to shine with a soft light that seems to shake slightly:Everything seemed to shimmer in the heat.glitter to shine brightly with small flashes of reflected light:The ceiling of the cathedral glittered with gold.sparkle or glitter?There is very little difference in meaning between these two words. Glitter can sometimes suggest a lack of depth, but this is more frequent in the figurative use of glitter as a noun:the superficial glitter of show business. Sparkle is also often used to talk about light reflected off a surface, but things that produce light can also sparkle:Stars sparkled in the sky.twinkle to shine with a light that changes rapidly from bright to faint to bright again:Stars twinkled in the sky.glint to give small bright flashes of reflected light:The blade of the knife glinted in the darkness.Patterns to shine/​gleam/​sparkle/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​glint on something to shine/​gleam/​glow/​sparkle/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​twinkle/​glint with something to shine/​gleam/​sparkle/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​glint in the sunlight to shine/​gleam/​glisten/​shimmer/​glitter/​glint in the moonlight the stars shine/​sparkle/​glitter/​twinkle somebody’s eyes shine/​gleam/​glow/​sparkle/​glisten/​glitter/​twinkle/​glint to shine/​gleam/​glow/​glitter brightly to shine/​gleam/​glow/​shimmer softly
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a person’s body or face) to look or feel warm or pink, especially after exercise or because of excitement, embarrassment, etc. Her cheeks were glowing. glow with something His face glowed with embarrassment. See related entries: Good health
  3. 3[intransitive] glow (with something) to look very pleased or satisfied She was positively glowing with pride. He gave her a warm glowing smile. See related entries: Happiness
  4. 4[intransitive] to appear a strong, warm colour glow (with something) The countryside glowed with autumn colours. + adj. The brick walls glowed red in the late afternoon sun.
  5. Word Origin Old English glōwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gloeien and German glühen.Extra examples A dull light glowed in the kitchen window. Her eyes glowed with anger. His skin was glowing from the exercise. She was positively glowing with happiness. The fire glowed in the hearth. The stones around the bonfire glowed red with the heat. Two lamps glowed softly in the lounge. A red light glowed faintly just ahead of us. He has a watch that glows in the dark. She glowed with pleasure at the compliment. She sat there silently, her eyes glowing with fury. The end of his cigarette glowed red.
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