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flare

flare

 
pronunciation:
fleIr
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
phrases:
flare up
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: flared, flares, flaring
definition 1: to blaze or burn brightly, esp. suddenly (often fol. by up).
He poured some gasoline over the fire and it flared.
antonyms:
gutter
similar words:
blaze
definition 2: to develop or intensify suddenly (often fol. by up).
The rebellion flared after the mass arrests.His allergy symptoms really flare up during the spring.
similar words:
blaze
definition 3: to widen gradually along a length.
The sleeves flare at the wrist.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to cause to flare.
The article flared her interest in space travel.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a bright light or blaze, esp. one that occurs suddenly.
similar words:
blaze, flash
definition 2: a device used for signaling or illumination that produces a bright light, usu. by combustion.
The police set up flares around the accident scene.
definition 3: a gradual widening, as along a length.
I don't like the flare of these pants.
definition 4: a sudden eruption or intensification, as of an emotion or action.
She was frightened by the flare of her father's anger.
phrase: flare up
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Are you looking for the word flair (a special talent)? Flare and flair sound alike but have different meanings.
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