flare

[ flair ]
/ flɛər /

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

SYNONYMS FOR flare

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 flares (1 of 2)

flares
/ (flɛəz) /

pl n

informal trousers with legs that widen below the knee

British Dictionary definitions for flares (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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Medical definitions for flares

flare
[ flâr ]

n.

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