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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [flair]
    • /flɛər/
    • /fleər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [flair]
    • /flɛər/

Definitions of flare word

  • verb without object flare to burn with an unsteady, swaying flame, as a torch or candle in the wind. 1
  • verb without object flare to blaze with a sudden burst of flame (often followed by up): The fire flared up as the paper caught. 1
  • verb without object flare to start up or burst out in sudden, fierce intensity or activity (often followed by up): His stomach problems have flared up. 1
  • verb without object flare to become suddenly enraged; express sudden, fierce anger or passion (usually followed by up or out): I’m not a person who flares easily. She sometimes flares out at the kids. 1
  • verb without object flare to shine or glow. 1
  • verb without object flare to spread gradually outward, as the end of a trumpet, the bottom of a wide skirt, or the sides of a ship. 1

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Origin of flare

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
1540-50; original meaning: spread out, said of hair, a ship's sides, etc.; compare Old English flǣre either of the spreading sides at the end of the nose

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Flare


flare popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

flare usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for flare

verb flare

  • flicker — to burn unsteadily; shine with a wavering light: The candle flickered in the wind and went out.
  • burn — If there is a fire or a flame somewhere, you say that there is a fire or flame burning there.
  • flash — a precedence code for handling messages about initial enemy contact or operational combat messages of extreme urgency within the U.S. military.
  • break out — If something such as war, fighting, or disease breaks out, it begins suddenly.
  • blaze — When a fire blazes, it burns strongly and brightly.

Antonyms for flare

verb flare

  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.

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