- [noun] a shape that spreads outward; "the skirt had a wide flare"
- [noun] a sudden burst of flame
- [noun] a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
- [noun] reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
- [noun] a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms; "a colitis flare"; "infection can cause a lupus flare"
- [noun] a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference
- [noun] am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
- [noun] a sudden outburst of emotion; "she felt a flare of delight"; "she could not control her flare of rage"
- [noun] a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
- [noun] a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines; "he threw a flare to the fullback who was tackled for a loss"
- [noun] (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
- [verb] burn brightly; "Every star seemed to flare with new intensity"
Synonyms: flame up, blaze up, burn up
- [verb] become flared and widen, usually at one end; "The bellbottom pants flare out"
- [verb] shine with a sudden light; "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"
- [verb] erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"
Synonyms: erupt, irrupt, up, break open, burst out