eye contact


Definition of eye contact

: visual contact with another person's eyes

Examples of eye contact in a Sentence

He maintained eye contact with me throughout the conversation. The speaker made eye contact with audience members. The jury avoided eye contact with the defendant as the verdict was read.
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Recent Examples on the Web As always, make sure to nod and make eye contact, too. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 Mankiewicz looked down, trying to avoid fanboy eye contact. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021 We are hardwired to trust those who make eye contact, and to mistrust those who don’t. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 June 2021 If the bear is aware of you and does not leave, avoid eye contact and back away slowly. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 20 May 2021 Avoid eye contact with Ellen DeGeneres herself while sitting in on the all-staff morning meeting! Will Mcphail, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 To avoid any influence the cat owners might have on their feline, the owners were instructed to avoid interaction with their cats and wear sunglasses to avoid eye contact, reports Science Alert. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2021 There were several moments during such testimony where jurors retired to a locked room guarded by a deputy and, overcome by emotion, cast their eyes downward to avoid eye contact and waited in complete silence until their return to the courtroom. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 Project confident body language - great posture and direct eye contact. Quora, Forbes, 7 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eye contact.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of eye contact

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eye contact was in 1942

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4 Jul 2021

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“Eye contact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eye%20contact. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eye contact

: a situation in which two people are looking directly into each other's eyes

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Medical Definition of eye contact

: visual contact with another person's eyes


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