flare

[ flair ]
/ flɛər /

verb (used without object), flared, flar·ing.

verb (used with object), flared, flar·ing.

noun

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

flair flare
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British Dictionary definitions for flare up

flare

/ (flɛə) /

verb


noun

Derived Forms

flared, adjective

Word Origin for flare

C16 (to spread out): of unknown origin
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Medicine definitions for flare up

flare

[ flâr ]

n.

An area of redness on the skin surrounding the primary site of infection or irritation.

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Idioms and Phrases with flare up

flare up

Suddenly become angry, as in She flared up at the slightest provocation. This metaphoric expression, dating from the mid-1800s, transfers a sudden burst of flame to sudden rage.


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