gaze

verb
\ˈgāz \
gazed; gazing

Definition of gaze 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fix the eyes in a steady intent look often with eagerness or studious attention gazed out the window at the snow

gaze

noun

Definition of gaze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fixed intent look

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Other Words from gaze

Verb

gazer noun

Synonyms for gaze

Synonyms: Verb

blink, gape, gawk, goggle, peer, rubberneck, stare

Synonyms: Noun

eye, gape, regard, scrutiny, stare

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Verb

gaze, stare, and glare mean to look at with concentration. gaze is used of a long and fixed look. They stood gazing at the sunset. stare is used of an often curious, rude, or absentminded gaze with eyes wide open. He stared in surprise at the strange creature. glare means an angry stare. The teacher glared at the naughty children.

Examples of gaze in a Sentence

Verb

He gazed out the window at the snow. She gazed intently into his eyes.

Noun

She looked at him with a calm, steady gaze. suddenly aware of her admiring gaze, he became self-conscious and uncomfortable
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Star gazing 1922: Professor Joel Stebbins attaches what is called a photodiode to the Washburn Observatory’s 15-inch telescope to measure and track stars. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 Instead, Govan gazes down on LACMA’s mismatched rooftops and rusty air conditioner vents as tiny figures stream across the museum’s courtyard like pieces on a Monopoly board. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "At LACMA, new urgency to finish raising $650 million for the new museum building," 3 July 2018 These aren’t your average short bouts of wit or flowery navel gazing that clutter social media. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "9 Travel Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram," 1 July 2018 Once the first half ended, the couple and their entourage gazed up expectantly at the giant video screen. Michaela N. Vincent, CNN, "People are going way over the top with their gender-reveal parties these days," 8 June 2018 This is a city where mothers and nannies pushing little ones in strollers talk nonstop to friends on their cellphones and ignore the child gazing out at the world with fresh eyes. Debra Bruno, chicagotribune.com, "Put down the phone, look at the world around you, waste a little time," 3 July 2018 In one photo from the 1970s, Ali is standing proudly atop the Liston boulder, gazing out at a spectacular vista of the Appalachian range, a view mature hillside trees now obscure. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Muhammad Ali's secluded Pa. camp and the fight to save it, led by John Madden's son," 3 July 2018 To find one issue where Greater Boston’s mayors should collaborate, just gaze out at the ferries traversing Boston Harbor. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Greater Boston mayors look to integrate ferry services," 25 May 2018 His tongue is out and eyes gazing lovingly at Joe while resting his head on his shoulder. Sallee Ann Ruibal, Cincinnati.com, "Beagle set to be euthanized shows affection for his rescuer," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Under the gaze of Dr. Smith’s cameras, nature revealed propensities and potentials undreamt of on Earth in what had been thought of as the frozen silent depths of time. Dennis Overbye, BostonGlobe.com, "Bradford Smith, 86, dies; showed postcards from outer space," 13 July 2018 The late artist was known for feminist work that toyed with ideas about the female body and the male gaze. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018 Someone in a thin body—particularly a woman—may be teased, bullied, or discriminated against for not possessing a certain body type historically associated with femininity and the male gaze. Melissa A. Fabello, SELF, "Skinny Shaming Is Not the Same as Fat Phobia," 26 June 2018 The full-body shot calls attention to Beyoncé’s pants and Jay-Z’s elegant attire as the duo recreate the gaze of the woman in the painting. Taylor Hosking, The Atlantic, "Beyonce and Jay-Z’s New Vision of Gender in ‘Apeshit’," 22 June 2018 On the day of the walkout, hundreds of Manual students filed out of school, remaining silent for nearly 20 minutes under the gaze of TV cameras. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Angry and impassioned, JCPS students headed to Washington for gun control march," 19 Mar. 2018 For 14 minutes Thursday afternoon, before the gaze of some-40 reporters, Barkley mixed moxie with modesty. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Can the Colts afford to pass on Saquon Barkley?," 1 Mar. 2018 The defendant, wearing blue jailhouse clothes, did not meet her gaze. Tracy Connor, NBC News, "Sex-abuse victims face gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar at sentencing," 16 Jan. 2018 Even months before the arrival of her brother, Anya could see being 3 with the clear gaze of the doomed. Randall De S, Redbook, "What It Feels Like to Turn 50," 9 Dec. 2013

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First Known Use of gaze

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaze

Verb

Middle English

Noun

derivative of gaze entry 1

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gaze

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gaze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look at someone or something in a steady way and usually for a long time

gaze

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gaze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long and steady look

gaze

verb
\ˈgāz \
gazed; gazing

Kids Definition of gaze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fix the eyes in a long steady look She gazed at the stars.

gaze

noun

Kids Definition of gaze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long steady look

\ˈgāz \
gazed; gazing

Medical Definition of gaze 

: to fix the eyes in a steady and intent look

Other Words from gaze

gaze noun

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