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

OTHER WORDS FROM flare

out·flare, 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-up (1 of 2)

flare-up

noun

a sudden burst of fire or light
informal a sudden burst of emotion or violence

verb flare up (intr, adverb)

to burst suddenly into fire or light
informal to burst into anger

British Dictionary definitions for flare-up (2 of 2)

flare
/ (flɛə) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of flare

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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