gaze

1 of 2

verb

gazed; gazing; gazes

intransitive verb

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

gaze

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noun

plural gazes
1
: a fixed intent look
a steady gaze
He fixed his gaze out the window.
She lowered/dropped/raised her gaze.
I met his gaze. [=I looked back at him.]
2
: the collective preferences and expectations of a usually privileged social group especially when imposed as a standard or norm on other groups
In 1973, British feminist film writer Laura Mulvey wrote a seminal essay called "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema", which explored how mainstream films appealed to a male gaze—a term she coined—because the industry was dominated by men who, inevitably, constructed representations of women from a masculine point of view.Kerrie O'Brien
So few slots are available for nonwhite writers that those who break through are sometimes themselves charged with … exaggerating elements of their culture for a white gaze; living up to the image that white writers have created for them, the easier to be packaged and sold.Ligaya Mishan
It looks like a gentle scene of a seaside vacation. But this painting by Berthe Morisot, perhaps the most underrated Impressionist, is a layered vision of a dawning modern age and a rare glimpse at the 19th-century female gaze.Natasha Frost

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Located on the bank of the Seine, the hotel’s art deco-style rooms and suites gaze down at the water from expansive bay windows and show off glimpses of the Louvre and Eiffel Tower from private balconies. Lane Nieset, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 In the clip, Ty gazes lovingly at his daughter, Jailynn Crystal, too. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 The cover is apple green, featuring an elegant drawing of a thin, pale man with hair as moulded as a Ken doll’s, gazing out of a window. Hazlitt, 7 Feb. 2024 In one snap shared, the married couple smiled and gazed into each other's eyes, while other photos showed the New Year firework display at Dubai's Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 Items that would make great gifts include statues, birdbaths and the ever-popular gazing balls. Dennis Patton, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024 Until that fateful call comes, your sweetheart can gaze longingly at the bag’s muse, Jane Birkin, all while shuffling through the house in a pair of fuzzy Birkenstocks. Talia Abbas, Vogue, 31 Jan. 2024 Make sunset gazing on the soft white sands of Seven Mile Beach a nightly ritual. Shayne Benowitz, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Why work with an ocean to gaze at and a Japanese garden upon which to reflect? Evan Benn, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024
Noun
Brands, like love songs, make big promises in their marketing communications in hopes off wooing the gaze of current and potential customers alike. Dr. Marcus Collins, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The image is a sultry black-and-white photo of the two stars, with Lambert casting her gaze down and Iglesias looking into the camera. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Her gaze instead fell over his shoulder, where the news was streaming live on his computer screen. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 Under the gaze of the public eye for more than half of her life, the eldest Obama daughter is forging a path of her own outside of D.C., having traded our nation’s capitol for L.A. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 2 Feb. 2024 The other finds himself in nocturnal dreams where he is seen as a woman, stirring confusion and leading him to question how much his personality is shaped by the gaze of others. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 Feels like the pop star is still figuring her way through the male gaze (with a healthy dose of her own product placement for good measure). Vulture, 31 Jan. 2024 Clad in a navy blue cardigan, white blouse and glasses, Grossman kept her gaze firmly on the jury during opening statements. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 Thirty people huddle beneath umbrellas; some smile at my fluttering red poncho before returning their gaze to the manatees floating mere yards away. Robin Soslow, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English

Noun

derivative of gaze entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaze was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gaze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaze. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

gaze

verb
ˈgāz
gazed; gazing
: to fix the eyes in a steady intent look
gaze noun
gazer noun

Medical Definition

gaze

intransitive verb
gazed; gazing
: to fix the eyes in a steady and intent look
gaze noun

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