Synonyms of flare in English:


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1‘the flare of the match lit up his face’

blaze, flash, dazzle, glare, burst
unsteady flame, flicker, glimmer, shimmer, gleam

2‘a helicopter spotted a flare set off by the crew’

distress signal, rocket, Very light, beacon, light, flashlight, signal

3‘Kelly felt a flare of anger within her’

burst, rush, attack, eruption, explosion, bout, spasm
rare access

4‘a skirt with a flare’

widening, spread


1‘a match flared as he lit a cigarette’

blaze, flash, flare up, flame, burn unsteadily, burn violently, burn up
gleam, glow, glisten, sparkle, glitter, flicker, glimmer, scintillate

2‘her nostrils flared’

spread, broaden, widen, get wider, expand, splay


    flare up

    1‘the wooden houses flared up like matchsticks’

    burn, blaze, be ablaze, be alight, be on fire, be in flames, flame, be aflame
    blaze up, burn up, go up, go up in flames
    literary be afire
    archaic be ardent

    2‘the injury flared up again at the end of the year’

    recur, reoccur, reappear
    break out, burst out, start suddenly, burst forth, erupt

    3‘I flared up at him right off’

    lose one's temper, lose control, become enraged, go into a rage, fly into a passion, fly into a temper, boil over, boil over with rage, fire up, go berserk, throw a tantrum, explode
    informal blow one's top, fly off the handle, lose one's cool, get mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, see red, go off the deep end, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, lose one's rag, go ape, burst a blood vessel, flip, flip one's lid, foam at the mouth, get all steamed up, get worked up, have a fit
    British informal go spare, go crackers, do one's nut, get one's knickers in a twist, throw a wobbly
    North American informal flip one's wig, blow one's lid, blow one's stack, have a cow, go postal, have a conniption fit
    vulgar slang go apeshit

    keep one's temper, remain calm