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

The oil-on-canvas depicting Othello with a sword in his hand, gazing upon a reclining Desdemona, had languished for years in a Maryland attic. William K. Rashbaum, New York Times, "Twisted Tale of Stolen Chagall Nears Ending," 12 Apr. 2018 Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women being passive subjects to gaze upon, evident in their disinterested, and at times defiant expressions. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, "April Events: Food festivals, Magic City Art Connection, and more," 6 Apr. 2018 And there’s a state trooper, hands on his hips, looking like a man in a grass seed commercial gazing upon his reinvigorated lawn. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "At Logan, State Police can no longer expect us to ‘keep it moving’," 29 Mar. 2018 Now Republicans are gazing westward, eager to shift the balance of a prominent federal appellate court long known for its liberal rulings. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Republicans Look West to Shift Balance of Power on Liberal Appeals Court," 3 Apr. 2019 Construction workers on both sites, reading the news and sitting on perches hundreds of feet above the street, gazed across the cityscape and placed bets. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Anyone who has ever gazed at a Rothko painting—or watched a pink sunset on a summer night—knows that color can be healing. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Tanya Taylor Teams With Memorial Sloan Kettering on Lively Head Wraps for Chemotherapy Patients," 19 Mar. 2019 In the adorable post, Chopra and Jonas gaze adoringly into one another's eyes, and that all-important engagement ring is crystal clear in the photo. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Just Announced Her Engagement to Nick Jonas with the Gushiest Instagram Photo," 18 Aug. 2018 Our coincident gazes overlay the same sites over and over and over again, as though we were caught up in a slow-motion religious fervor. New York Times, "Take a Photo Here," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What is brave about showing up for my love of self, instead of for the gaze of white or male beauty standards? Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Posing Nude Isn't "Brave"," 23 May 2019 For some, the nod of a head, a warm gaze, or a hug may be more appropriate than words. Emily Depasse, Teen Vogue, "What to Say if Your Friend Has Herpes," 16 Apr. 2019 When there’s no one to return her gentle gaze, though, her face falls into a sadness that amounts to a wasting disease. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Diane’ Review: Burdens of a Caretaker," 28 Mar. 2019 And that means stories that are designed first and foremost for women, that strive to create a female gaze, aren’t assumed to be failures as a default. Constance Grady, Vox, "How Jennifer’s Body went from a flop in 2009 to a feminist cult classic today," 31 Oct. 2018 Yola was determined to get his attention, slowly walking toward Kwame and playfully shuffling away when his gaze caught hers. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "New ape in town: Kwame makes rare alpha-male debut at Woodland Park Zoo," 9 Nov. 2018 As with the last move, keep your gaze focused straight ahead and your chin tucked as your lift your torso. SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 8-Part Slam Ball Circuit from Pink’s Trainer," 12 Sep. 2018 From 1959 to 1971, Barbie’s eyes were painted to be cast down demurely; her straight-ahead gaze coincided with the crest of feminism’s second wave. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Can Barbie Really Have It All?," 1 May 2018 Modern witchiness reveals itself through fashion in clothes that articulate joy and express a healthy relationship with mortality while also being difficult for the male gaze. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch," 12 Nov. 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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