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, 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

There's more value to this exercise than just navel-gazing: examining iOS 12 can help reveal whether the iPhone and iPad will be there for you not just now, but in a few years. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed," 17 Sep. 2018 When gazing at artwork through the hallway, a seductive smell wafts through the stylish digs, which Soldi confesses is a special amber wax (aptly named Genius) that even Chanel uses in its stores to further add to the ambiance. Jennifer Rice, Vogue, "This Florentine Hotel Has Secret Garden-Views of Europe’s Largest Private Green Space," 13 Apr. 2018 He could get distracted in a parking lot just gazing at a design element. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "I swore I'd never return to Detroit. But here I am, covering the auto show," 25 Jan. 2018 In Antonello da Messina’s life-size oil (1478-79), the largely nude saint is impervious to torment and gazes into the heavens, his pious virtue equated with his Apollonian beauty, which was modeled after classical sculpture. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Renaissance Nude’ Review: The Body, Sacred and Sensual," 14 Nov. 2018 With a big black beard, sheepskin leggings and a staff, he is seen gazing into the distance from a mountainous, arid landscape. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 In Yosemite, for example, a biologist walks along the cliffs throughout the peregrine’s nesting season, spending hours gazing up at each potential nesting site. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "We're Overprotecting Birds at the Expense of Climbers," 12 July 2018 The former police officer gazed at the judge, blinking slowly and with his mouth partly open, as if there were no words. Anchorage Daily News, "With taunts and guile, the Golden State Killer left a trail of horror," 28 Apr. 2018 Fox Observatory Come and gaze at the stars shortly after sunset. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In its quest to find extant life in the Solar System, NASA has focused its gaze on the Jovian moon Europa, home to what is likely the largest ocean known to humans. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Senior scientist argues that we should bypass Europa for Enceladus," 5 July 2018 On Saturday, every hat, floral arrangement, and facial expression will be scrutinized as the world sets its gaze on St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, though, of course, nothing will draw more attention than Markle herself. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "14 Beautiful White Wedding Shoes for the Modern Princess Bride," 17 May 2018 For the four years of its main mission, from 2009 to 2013, Kepler fixed its gaze on one region of the sky and watched the light from its stars. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The Case of the Evaporating Exoplanets," 12 Apr. 2018 But as Paula ages and Kerstens shifts from documentarian to storyteller, her back straightens and her gaze grows sure. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 The Magic Leap One, the name of its initial product, goes an extra step by slightly blurring objects depending on their distance from a user's gaze. Joshua Brustein, latimes.com, "Magic Leap ships its much anticipated augmented reality device under tight security," 31 Mar. 2018 On the red carpet for the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Tiffany Haddish and Mandy Moore sported ponytails both playful and powerful while Yara Shahidi embraced her natural texture with a curly bob and a piercing azure gaze. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of June 18, 2018," 19 June 2018 There was Hester early Saturday morning, standing alongside Vic as Matt made his way from driving range to practice putting green before the first hole, the two of them not so much providing a watchful gaze as building a supportive web. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Matt Parziale excelling on golf’s toughest stage, the US Open," 16 June 2018 Surrounding Merkel and Trump are a slew of other leaders, each with an unplaceable gaze. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "The G-7 summit, summed up in one photo," 9 June 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 \
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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