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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tourists gaze at North Korea from Ulchi Observation Post, or descend into Invasion Tunnel No. 4, which North Korea dug beneath the border. New York Times, "The Korean War Emptied the Town. Those Who Rebuilt It May Now Be Rewarded," 12 Jan. 2021 The naked butt jutted out, forcing the viewer of the painting to gaze up at the massive glutes and thighs, much like the mother of the unfortunate infant under the murderer’s knife. New York Times, "The Lusty Creativity of Cornelis Cornelisz von Haarlem," 13 Jan. 2021 The shade of Antigone would gaze upon Lyuda in approval. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Dear Comrades!” Is Andrei Konchalovsky’s Masterpiece," 25 Dec. 2020 The parents would gaze in awe of the tiny details: the too-small fingers and toenails, tiny ears, fine eyelashes. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A former labor and delivery nurse from Lannon creates lifelike baby dolls to bring people 'joy' and 'healing'," 9 Nov. 2020 Her famous turquoise eyes, painted in 1928 on the ceiling of the portico, still gaze down, unblinking, at all who pass beneath. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘The Sphinx’ Review: The Riddle in Her Eyes," 20 Dec. 2020 Rather than simply displaying African objects for museumgoers to gaze at, some have suggested rethinking the museum experience altogether. Jacob Kushner, History & Culture, "In Germany, a new museum stirs up a colonial controversy," 16 Dec. 2020 To see through the whirlpool of stars, the two teams used the world’s largest telescopes and their own pioneering technologies to gaze through the space dust. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Three Scientists Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for Discovering Black Holes," 6 Oct. 2020 The inability to have people use it to gaze at the skies and learn more about astronomy has been frustrating, planetarium director Stephanie Rybka said. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, "Waubonsie Valley planetarium celebrates its 45th year with virtual field trips and programming," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Teachers can pull out different groups of students onto different screens by using multiple monitors, and the platform protects students’ privacy—no recording, no gaze-tracking. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 Fennell holds the camera on Al and Cassie, her gaze unrelenting and unwilling to give the audience any relief. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "The Director Of Promising Young Woman Breaks Down That Devastating Twist," 25 Dec. 2020 In 1963, armed with her icy side-eye gaze and grit, Richardson was photographed using her outstretched hand to push aside the bayonet and rifle of a National Guardsman. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Gloria Richardson pushed aside a bayonet as a ’60s civil rights activist. Now 98, she wants the new generation to fight on.," 11 Dec. 2020 Wilson’s plays taught her to ignore the theater’s dominant white gaze. New York Times, "August Wilson, American Bard," 3 Dec. 2020 The couple’s hands do not quite touch; the woman’s wide-eyed gaze and her companion’s furtive mien avoid each other and offer no resolution. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Suffering, Unfaltering Manet," 17 Nov. 2020 From one port city, that is, to another; the director, Pietro Marcello, has inherited London’s outward gaze, endlessly craving the next horizon. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Martin Eden” Lurches with Salty, Oceanic Appetites," 16 Oct. 2020 Seeing him from above, his gaze did not come off as quite so piercing. Town & Country, "Sotheby’s is Selling the Ultimate Renaissance Painting," 21 Jan. 2021 In early 2020, Alexis Triplett watched the news coming out of China, her gaze set on a TV inside her cell in La Vista Correctional Facility in Pueblo, Colorado. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, "On surviving—and leaving—prison during a pandemic," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for gaze

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

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20 Feb 2021

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“Gaze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaze. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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

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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.

\ 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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