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glow

verb [I] uk   /ɡləʊ/ us    /ɡloʊ/
C2 to produce a continuous light and sometimes heat: A nightlight glowed dimly in the corner of the children's bedroom. This substance is so radioactive that it glows in the dark.Emitting and casting light C2 to look attractive because you are happy or healthy, especially with eyes that are shining: The children's faces were glowing with excitement. They came back from their week by the sea, glowing with health.Fit and healthy be glowing to be hot or red from exercising: When we got back from our walk in the snow, my whole body was glowing.Hot and heatSultriness and humidity

glow

noun [S] uk   /ɡləʊ/ us    /ɡloʊ/

glow noun [S] (LIGHT)

C2 continuous light and/or heat that is produced by something: the glow of the fire Neon emits a characteristic red glow.Quantities and units of light

glow noun [S] (SKIN)

C2 the fact of your face feeling or appearing warm and healthy: Like all the staff at the health club she had the healthy glow of the young and fit.

glow noun [S] (FEELING)

a positive feeling: They felt a glow of pride as they watched their daughter collect the award. She felt a warm glow of satisfaction.Pleasure and happiness
(Definition of glow from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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