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flare

[ flair ]
/ flɛər /
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verb (used without object), flared, flar·ing.
verb (used with object), flared, flar·ing.
noun
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Origin of flare

1540–50; original meaning: spread out, said of hair, a ship's sides, etc.; compare Old English flǣre either of the spreading sides at the end of the nose

OTHER WORDS FROM flare

outflare, verb (used with object), out·flared, out·flar·ing.un·flared, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH flare

flair, flare
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British Dictionary definitions for flare

flare
/ (flɛə) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of flare

flared, adjective

Word Origin for flare

C16 (to spread out): of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for flare

flare
[ flâr ]

n.
An area of redness on the skin surrounding the primary site of infection or irritation.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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