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

Other Words from gaze

Verb

gazer noun

Synonyms for gaze

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The few predawn risers Sunday should gaze to the east for a conjunction of Mars and Jupiter. David Streit, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 In January 2020, Phoenix couldn't help but gaze at his beau on the Golden Globes red carpet, and who can blame him? Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Mar. 2022 Mom leans her head back against the wheelchair’s headrest to gaze up toward the tops of the redwoods. Tessa Fontaine, Outside Online, 2 Mar. 2021 Now, with the season here again, daughter Karen McCulloch is reminded of their drives together to gaze at the trees in blossom. Adam Geller, Chron, 14 Apr. 2022 To make its work spaces feel more like home, the company moved desks to the perimeter, allowing Clions — what the company calls its employees — to gaze out at the office complex’s cherry blossoms while banging out emails. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 To watch is to gaze through the Kremlin’s looking glass. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Some travelers love to hike — others love to gaze upon the mountains while sitting indoors with a glass of wine. Rina Nehdar, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 With the season here again, daughter Karen McCulloch has been reminded of their drives together to gaze at the trees in blossom. Adam Geller, BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But on most days a sense of stillness pervades the outside of the clinic, in part because of Juan Carlos, a spry, silver-haired security guard whose gaze alone is said to dissuade those who may be primed for a fight. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Both companies specialize in human data, in particular human faces; their platforms enable users to programmatically customize facial datasets across dimensions including head poses, facial expressions, ethnicities, gaze directions and hair styles. Rob Toews, Forbes, 12 June 2022 DIANE PAULUS Artists, especially right now, are interested in shifting the gaze — looking to tell stories that need to be told, stories that have not had their due. New York Times, 27 May 2022 In it, Jesus' soft, knowing gaze meets the woman's — an effect the artist achieved without preliminary sketches or models, the Star's art critic noted at the time. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 6 June 2022 Mounted on the steering column is the infrared sensor keeping track of the driver’s gaze. Bryan Campbell, Forbes, 3 June 2022 After 9/11 and the subsequent American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, that gaze found a new fixation in the Muslim woman: a veiled object, oppressed and in need of liberation. Naib Mian, The New Yorker, 1 June 2022 There's a sense of the uncanny valley with his blank, unbreaking gaze, and the harsh light flattening his figure. CNN, 31 May 2022 Born out of a desire to produce authentically Mexican tequila while simultaneously rewriting the male-focused gaze on tequila, Casa Del Sol is a spirit for women made by women. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 31 May 2022 See More

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

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1 Jul 2022

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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

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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.

gaze

intransitive verb
\ 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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