Pronunciation Verb

glow (glows, present participle glowing; past glowed, past participle glowed)

  1. To give off light from heat or to emit light as if heated.
    The fire was still glowing after ten hours.
  2. To radiate some emotional quality like light.
    The zealots glowed with religious fervor.
    You are glowing from happiness!
    • With pride it mounts, and with revenge it glows.
    • 1715, Homer; [Alexander] Pope, transl., “Book IX”, in The Iliad of Homer, volume I, London: Printed by W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott between the Temple-Gates, OCLC 670734254 ↗:
      Burns with one love, with one resentment glows.
  3. To gaze especially passionately at something.
  4. To radiate thermal heat.
    Iron glows red hot when heated to near its melting point.
    After their workout, the gymnasts' faces were glowing red.
  5. To shine brightly and steadily.
    The new baby's room glows with bright, loving colors.
  6. (transitive) To make hot; to flush.
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
      Fans, whose wind did seem / To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool.
  7. (intransitive) To feel hot; to have a burning sensation, as of the skin, from friction, exercise, etc.; to burn.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 3, scene 5]:
      Did not his temples glow / In the same sultry winds and scorching heats?
    • The cord slides swiftly through his glowing hands.
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  • German: abstrahlen
  • Russian: свети́ться
  • Spanish: irradiar
Translations Noun


  1. The state of a glowing object.
  2. The condition of being passionate or having warm feelings.
  3. The brilliance or warmth of color in an environment or on a person (especially one's face).
    He had a bright red glow on his face.
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