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.
Recent Examples on the Web Frequent eye contact and a soothing touch can suppress stress hormones and create a spike in oxytocin and endorphins. Ruha Benjamin, WIRED, 22 Sep. 2022 Instead, go on walks, and make friendly eye contact with the people walking past you. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Crest International recommends walking meetings when working with an autistic person, as periods of physical exercise can enhance focus and eye contact can be minimal. George Etheredge For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, 13 Apr. 2022 Eye contact can elicit alertness and bodily awareness, while indifference or aversion to eye contact can signal emotional or neurological disorders. Robert Martone, Scientific American, 29 Dec. 2020 Wilde and Pugh were also seated apart and didn’t make eye contact during the four-minute standing ovation from the crowd following the film’s conclusion. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2022 Give the audience permission to listen, ask questions and make eye contact without having to worry about retaining technical information. Karen B. Moore, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 People on set couldn’t even make eye contact with me. Selome Hailu, Variety, 24 Aug. 2022 Rachel and her suitors watched in the audience, but Rachel felt like none of her men even wanted to make eye contact with her. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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26 Sep 2022

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“Eye contact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eye%20contact. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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