A flare is a sudden burst of light. The flare of a lit match in the dark night is strangely beautiful.

The flare of a flame in the dark is sudden and bright, and the flare of an idea or emotion is similarly intense. Parts of clothing that grow wider, like the "bells" on your bell-bottoms — and are also called flares. The verb flare also means to burn brightly or suddenly erupt, like a skin rash that flares up in hot weather or your friend's temper that flares when people tease her about her favorite team losing the big game.

Definitions of flare
  1. noun
    a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
    synonyms: flash
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    star shell
    an artillery shell containing an illuminant
    Bengal light
    a steady bright blue light; formerly used as a signal but now a firework
    Very light, Very-light
    a colored flare fired from a Very pistol
    type of:
    visual signal
    a signal that involves visual communication
  2. noun
    a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
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    fusee, fuzee
    a colored flare used as a warning signal by trucks and trains
    type of:
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  3. noun
    a sudden burst of flame
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    type of:
    fire, flame, flaming
    the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke
  4. noun
    a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference
    synonyms: solar flare
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    type of:
    solar radiation
    radiation from the sun
  5. noun
    a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms
    “a colitis flare
    “infection can cause a lupus flare
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    type of:
    a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
  6. noun
    a sudden outburst of emotion
    “she felt a flare of delight”
    “she could not control her flare of rage”
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    type of:
    blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, outburst
    an unrestrained expression of emotion
  7. verb
    burn brightly
    “Every star seemed to flare with new intensity”
    synonyms: blaze up, burn up, flame up
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    type of:
    burn, combust
    undergo combustion
  8. verb
    shine with a sudden light
    “The night sky flared with the massive bombardment”
    synonyms: flame
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    type of:
    beam, shine
    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  9. verb
    erupt or intensify suddenly
    “Tempers flared at the meeting”
    synonyms: break open, burst out, erupt, flare up, irrupt
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    type of:
    deepen, intensify
    become more intense
  10. noun
    a shape that spreads outward
    “the skirt had a wide flare
    synonyms: flair
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    type of:
    form, shape
    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
  11. noun
    reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
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    any skin disorder involving abnormal redness
  12. verb
    become flared and widen, usually at one end
    “The bellbottom pants flare out”
    synonyms: flare out
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    type of:
    become broader or wider or more extensive
  13. noun
    am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
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    type of:
    reflection, reflexion
    the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface
  14. noun
    (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
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    type of:
    fly, fly ball
    (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
  15. noun
    a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines
    “he threw a flare to the fullback who was tackled for a loss”
    synonyms: flare pass
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    type of:
    aerial, forward pass
    a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer
Commonly confused words

flair / flare

Flair is a talent for something, like what the pro-wrestler Nature Boy Ric Flair had back in the day. Flare is on a candle or the shape of bell-bottoms that kids rocked back in the heyday of wrastlin’.

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