To blare means to crank up the volume — really LOUDly. Blare is what you do with your dance music if you want your neighbors to hate you.

The verb blare has ties to the Middle Dutch word bleren, meaning "to bleat, cry, bawl, shout." Blare describes a loud, harsh, unpleasant sound, something you associate with car horns on a busy city street at rush hour, sirens on a police car, or even music played at an unnecessarily high volume. A club is allowed to blare its dance music. But if you blare music at home? Your neighbors would probably consider that too loud.

Definitions of blare
  1. verb
    make a loud noise
    “The horns of the taxis blared
    synonyms: beep, claxon, honk, toot
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    play (a musical instrument) casually
    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  2. verb
    make a strident sound
    synonyms: blast
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    type of:
    make noise, noise, resound
    emit a noise
  3. noun
    a loud harsh or strident noise
    synonyms: blaring, cacophony, clamor, clamour, din
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
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