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"flare" in British English

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flareverb

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

[I] to burn brightly either for a short time or not regularly: The flame above the oil well flared (up) into the dark sky.
  • flare verb (GET WORSE)

[I] also flare up When something bad such as violence, pain, or anger flares (up), it suddenly starts 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 sudden increase in the brightness of a fire: There was a sudden flare when she threw the petrol onto the fire.
[C] a very bright light or coloured smoke that can be used as a signal, or a device that produces this: We set off a flare to help guide our rescuers.
(Definition of flare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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flareverb

us   /fleər/
  • flare verb (BURN)

[I] to burn brightly either for a short time or on and off: The candle flared then went out.
  • flare verb (BECOME WIDER)

[I/T] to become wider, 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 bright light 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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