Skip to main content


glow / glō/ • v. [intr.] give out steady light without flame: the tips of their cigarettes glowed in the dark. ∎  have an intense color and a slight shine: faces that glowed red with the cold. ∎  have a heightened color or a bloom on the skin as a result of warmth or health: he was glowing with health. ∎  feel deep pleasure or satisfaction and convey it through one's expression and bearing: Katy always glowed when he praised her. • n. [in sing.] a steady radiance of light or heat: the setting sun cast a deep red glow over the city. ∎  a feeling of warmth in the face or body; the visible effects of this as a redness of the cheeks: he could feel the brandy filling him with a warm glow. ∎  a strong feeling of pleasure or well-being: with a glow of pride, Mildred walked away.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"glow." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . 23 Feb. 2019 <>.

"glow." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . (February 23, 2019).

"glow." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved February 23, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.