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part of speech: verb
inflections: flares, flaring, flared
definition 1: to begin to burn brightly (often followed by "up").
She blew on the coals, and the fire flared up.
definition 2: to come into being suddenly or become stronger and more intense (often followed by "up").
Tempers flared when the game was called off.His health problems flare up every winter.
definition 3: to become wider along a length.
Sailors wear pants that flare at the bottom.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden bright light.
The flare we saw in the night sky was a meteor.
similar words:
blaze, flash
definition 2: a bright light used to signal or give light.
The police set up flares around the accident scene to warn drivers.
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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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