Flare - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fler|  American pronunciation of the word flare
Brit.  |flɛː|  British pronunciation of the word flare


- a shape that spreads outward(syn: flair)
- a sudden burst of flame
- a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate (syn: flash)
- reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
- a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms
- a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference
- am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)

▼ (4)


- burn brightly
- become flared and widen, usually at one end
- shine with a sudden light(syn: flame)
- erupt or intensify suddenly(syn: erupt, irrupt)


the sudden flare of the match

When the crew saw flares, they knew the other ship was in trouble.

pants that flare at the bottom

The bull flared its nostrils.

They set up flares along the runway.

Flares were always in the right places, to help build up the pulse.

A match flared in the darkness.

He flared out at such abuses.

Mary's temper flared up.

She was flaring her handkerchief to attract attention.

Her dress flares out towards the bottom.

The pants flare at the bottom.

His nostrils were flaring with anger.

The fire flared up again.

Rioting has flared up in several towns.

Phrasal verbs

flare up  — ignite quickly and suddenly, especially after having died down

Word forms

I/you/we/they: flare
he/she/it: flares
present participle: flaring
past tense: flared
past participle: flared
singular: flare
plural: flares
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