Past Tense of Glow: Glowed or Glew? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Glow?

The past tense of glow is “glowed”. It is because the English verb glow is classified as a regular verb, making the past tense form by just adding “ed”. It doesn’t have any set of rules, so you can easily master it!

Below are other forms of verb glow:

Simple Present He/She/It glows

I/You/We/They glow

Present Continuous He/She/It is glowing

I am glowing.

You/We/They are glowing.

Present Perfect He/She/It has glowed

I/You/We/They have glowed

Present Perfect Continuous He/She/It has been glowing

I/You/We/They have been glowing

Simple Past He/She/It/I/You/We/They glowed
Past Continuous I/He/She/It was glowing

You/We/They were glowing

Past Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They had glowed
Past Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They had been glowing
Simple Future He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall glow
Future Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall be glowing
Future Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have glowed
Future Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have been glowing


How to spell glowed? The transcription of “glowed” is /ɡləʊd/. Simply pronounce the word glow, then add /d/ to the end of the word. You can learn the pronunciation at Oxford Learner’s Dictionary or take a glimpse into this table:

Form of word





V1: glow /ɡloʊ/


V2: glowed

/ɡloʊd/ /ɡləʊd/
V3: glowed /ɡloʊd/


To know how to pronounce “glowed”, click on the following video:

Definitions And How To Use Glowed?

The word “glow” has 4 meanings:

  • To produce a light that is not very bright.

Example: The street lights glow at night.

  • To look warm or pink because you are excited, happy, healthy, or embarrassed, especially with eyes that are shining.

Example: Her face glowed with excitement because her brother won the final.

  • To look very pleased or satisfied.

Example: She is glowing with pride as her team wins the championship.

  • To appear a strong, warm color.

Example: The Tuscan countryside glowed with spring colors.

“Glowed” is used as the simple past tense to talk about the completed actions in the time before the present. The action time described can be in the recent or distant past.


  • After entrusting all his possessions and testament, his eyes glowed. He’s dead.
  • Her face glowed when she was given a cute puppy on her birthday.
  • As severe drought forced the government to cut electricity consumption, the street lights no longer glowed as before.


Choose the correct answer to fill in the blank:

  1. On the day when she was lost, she came across a power station that … and moved and turned.
  1. Glow
  2. Glowed
  3. Glowing
  4. Is glowing

(The correct answer: B)

  1. The marble … under the lights in ambers, illuminated every        corner in the room.
  1. Glow
  2. Glowed
  3. Glowing
  4. Is glowing

(The correct answer: B)

  1. On the day he visited his old villa, the fireplace … when the last coals were dying.
  1. Glowed
  2. Glow
  3. Glowing
  4. Is glowing

(The correct answer: A)


“Glow” Is a Transitive Or Intransitive Verb?

Glow is an intransitive verb. It doesn’t need to be followed by an object and still clarifies the sentence’s meaning.

What Is The Opposite Of The Verb “Glow”?

The opposite of the verb glow is “dissipate, disappear, or fade”.

Example: We’re now praying that the fire will dissipate with a change in the weather.

Glowed Or Glew?

Many people are confused about “glowed and glew” They assume that glew is the past tense of glow. But it is not the case because glew is an English noun. Glew is an obsolete spelling of glue, a variant of gley. So the exact past tense for glow is “glowed”.