gaze

verb
\ ˈgāz How to pronounce gaze (audio) \
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, gawp [chiefly British], goggle, peer, rubberneck, stare

Synonyms: Noun

aspect [archaic], 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

Neck stuck high above the city, gazing down as the man stops along 102nd Street. Ernest Slyman, New York Times, "Bronx Zoo," 21 June 2018 Both feature African-American women gazing from her canvas. Mary Dellas, The Cut, "An All-Women Art Show Honors Acclaimed Artist Mickalene Thomas," 9 Apr. 2018 Floor-to-ceiling windows create a perch to gaze down upon the patterned stone patio, outdoor stove, and sitting areas trimmed in teak. Joan Walden, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 22 Pasture Lane, West Simsbury," 18 May 2017 Some got down near the floor to gaze up into the mangled metal and the obliterated seats where the North Seattle College students who were killed, or those who suffered the most devastating injuries, had been sitting. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Jurors in Ride the Ducks trial leave courthouse to view vehicles damaged in deadly crash," 6 Nov. 2018 Meet your classicist guide for a walk through the agora and up to the Acropolis, there to gaze over the city, visit the Parthenon, and visit the superb Acropolis Museum. Jack Dancy, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Europe," 5 Oct. 2016 Your capacity to gaze upon these spaces without judgement will prep you for the 24th’s Full Moon, which magnifies your capacity to open wide to surprises and choose-your-own adventures. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes October 2018," 3 Oct. 2018 In a swirl of nimble, pale brushwork, the artist conjures up a figure from behind, gazing in the mirror, confecting herself. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018 After the glorious pictures from the royal wedding, a picture of a chubby-cheeked baby (with the proud parents gazing down adoringly) sounds pretty perfect. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Just Let Slip When Her Due Date Might Be," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But in solos, the turn of a head, the direction of the gaze becomes crucial. New York Times, "Review: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Four Quartets’ Hits Poetic Heights," 8 July 2018 After a few minutes, though, my gaze becomes judgmental, magnifying my skin to supernatural proportions. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "My Acne-Picking Habit Has Changed Me in Unexpected Ways," 25 June 2018 Given that, let’s shift our gaze to Milwaukee, where the Cardinals and Brewers will stage a big four-game series this weekend. Michael Beller, SI.com, "The Table Setter: Marcell Ozuna Is On Fire," 18 June 2018 And for Bella Hadid, her serious gaze has become one of her marked modeling characteristics — until now. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Bella Hadid Says She's Smiling 'Much More' Now Because She's 'Finally Centered'," 11 May 2018 Every gaze crackles with presence — some smile, while others have a more ambivalent expression. Morgan Sykes, The Cut, "A German Photographer’s Meditation on Havana’s Quinceañeras," 9 Feb. 2018 More than 40 years after Florida became the first state to allow television stations to broadcast from the courtroom in 1975, the camera’s gaze will become even more present Thursday as Facebook Live broadcasts begin. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Now you can watch Florida Supreme Court proceedings live on Facebook," 23 Jan. 2018 What before might have been a bit withered and cross-looking, under a pat of butter and the oven's fierce gaze becomes full and heavy-bodied with flavor. Sara Kate Gillingham-ryan, House Beautiful, "Sophie Dahl's Cinnamon Roast Peaches with Vanilla Yogurt," 10 June 2010 What better way to free yourself from the chains—yes, even those heavy metallic links hanging from a few of Kawakubo's spring designs in the most exquisitely literal sense—of society's confining gaze? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo Makes the Case for Going Gray on Your Own Damn Terms," 30 Sep. 2018

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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 How to pronounce gaze (audio) \
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 How to pronounce gaze (audio) \
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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