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"flare" in British English

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flareverb

uk   /fleər/  us   /fler/
  • flare verb (BURN BRIGHTLY)

[I] to ​burnbrightly either for a ​shorttime or not ​regularly: The ​flame above the ​oil well flared (up) into the ​darksky.
  • flare verb (GET WORSE)

[I] (also flare up) When something ​bad such as ​violence, ​pain, or ​anger flares (up), it ​suddenlystarts or gets much ​worse: Violence flared up again last ​night. Tempers flared after a three-hour ​delay at the Airport ​yesterday.

flarenoun

uk   /fleər/  us   /fler/
  • flare noun (BRIGHTNESS)

[C] a ​suddenincrease in the ​brightness of a ​fire: There was a ​sudden flare when she ​threw the ​petrol onto the ​fire. [C] a very ​brightlight or ​colouredsmoke that can be used as a ​signal, or a ​device that ​produces this: We set off a flare to ​helpguideour rescuers.
(Definition of flare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"flare" in American English

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flareverb

 us   /fleər/
  • flare verb (BURN)

[I] to ​burnbrightly either for a ​shorttime or on and off: The ​candle flared then went out.
  • flare verb (BECOME WIDER)

[I/T] to ​becomewider, or to make something ​wider: [I] These ​trousers flare ​slightly at the ​ankle.
  • flare verb (HAPPEN SUDDENLY)

[I] to ​happen in a ​sudden and often ​violent way: The ​dispute threatens to flare into a ​lawsuit. The ​argument quieted down then flared up again.

flarenoun [C]

 us   /fleər/
  • flare noun [C] (BRIGHT LIGHT)

something that ​produces a ​flame or ​brightlight and is usually used as a ​signal, or the ​flame or ​light itself: The ​boat is ​equipped with flares. Did you ​see that flare?
(Definition of flare from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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