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[glohz] /gloʊz/
verb (used with object), glozed, glozing.
to explain away; extenuate; gloss over (usually followed by over).
verb (used without object), glozed, glozing.
Archaic. to make glosses; comment.
Archaic. flattery or deceit.
Obsolete. a specious show.
Origin of gloze
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French gloser < Medieval Latin glossāre; see gloss2
Related forms
glozingly, adverb
unglozed, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • You see, gloze it over as they may, one thing is clear, it is finished with England.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Official attempts to gloze over the incident would have been amusing if they were not pathetic.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
  • It was the case of Esau; he was bidden sell his birthright for pottage, and affection could not gloze over the bargain.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • It would be, of course, possible to refine on and gloze over certain points of the teaching.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • I would not gloze my crime, nor do I know How to address your worships.

    The Scarlet Stigma James Edgar Smith
  • One marked aspect of recent devil-fiction is the tendency to gloze over his sins and to humanize him.

  • The verb to gloss, or gloze, means simply to explain or translate, from Greco-Lat.

  • It is astonishing the trouble men will be at to find out when to plant potatoes, and gloze over the eternal meaning of the skies.

  • But if you had made a study of faces, your second glance would have cut through that gloze of oily, apologetic appeal.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • You know as well as I that it does not gloze a poor book, nor pass over defects in silence.

    The Story of an Untold Love Paul Leicester Ford
British Dictionary definitions for gloze


(transitive) often foll by over. to explain away; minimize the effect or importance of
to make explanatory notes or glosses on (a text)
to use flattery (on)
flattery or deceit
an explanatory note or gloss
specious or deceptive talk or action
Word Origin
C13: from Old French glosser to comment; see gloss²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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