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verb [intransitive] flare pronunciation in British English /fleə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyflare
he/she/itflares
present participleflaring
past tenseflared
past participleflared
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  1. 1

    flare

    or

    flare up

    to suddenly burn or shine brightly
    The candle flared, then flickered and went out.
  2. 2
    to suddenly become angry or violent
    Tempers flared during the debates.
  3. 3

    flare

    or

    flare up

    if fighting or trouble flares, it begins or becomes worse
    Trouble flared in Greece, Cyprus, and the Czech Republic.
  4. 4

    flare

    or

    flare out

    to spread out or become wider at one end
    The horse’s nostrils flared.

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