eye contact

noun

: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Middleton, whom federal prosecutors described as the ringleader of the group, was sentenced later that day and made no eye contact with the victims during his sentencing. Emma Tucker, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 Their encounter, a meeting at the threshold of life and death, is tense, but in their eye contact is something familiar: a chilling flash of mutual recognition. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024 Similarly, interviewers must be mindful of how relying on social cues like body language or eye contact can discriminate against neurodiverse individuals. Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Wright works his wonders with restraint — the hang of his head, breaking of eye contact, pauses deployed to convey exasperation. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 In the long, dark hallway between rooms, my fellow-moms didn’t make eye contact. Clarissa Wei, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2024 Stand up straight to not look like prey, the park service stated, and keep eye contact with the cougar. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 23 Mar. 2024 Many thought that Downey failed to acknowledge or make eye contact with last year’s winner Ke Huy Quan, who handed the statuette off to him. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 12 Mar. 2024 Practice looking directly at the camera to simulate eye contact, which fosters connection and engagement. William Arruda, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eye contact was in 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Eye contact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eye%20contact. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

eye contact

noun
: the act of looking another person straight in the eye

Medical Definition

eye contact

noun
: visual contact with another person's eyes
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