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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Verb

gazer noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 Valentine's with a View Treat your loved one to a romantic five-course meal while gazing at a stunning view of downtown Phoenix. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Make this Valentine's Day one to remember. Here are lots of ideas throughout Phoenix," 4 Feb. 2020 Instinctively, Maggie gazed in the direction in which Corrigan was pointing. NBC News, "Is your child hooked on digital devices? These researchers hope to help," 31 Jan. 2020 Visitors willing to trek out to the city’s rural New Territories can enjoy the three pools for free, soaking while gazing down on the oyster farms of Deep Bay and the Shenzhen skyline beyond. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plants," 16 Oct. 2019 Book a stay and spend the evenings sipping wine while gazing out into Monterey Bay and tending to your many beloved grudges just like your favorite characters from the show. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Big Little Lies-Inspired Airbnbs To Book Before Season Two Ends," 8 June 2019 But the full-face H2O Ninja Mask allows you to breathe normally while gazing down to the seafloor. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "Don’t scuba? Here are 10 other underwater thrills," 7 June 2019 During the service, some of those gathered wiped tears from their eyes, while a few others gazed down at copies of the service’s program, which included the names and faces of the members of the department who had died in the past year. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police ceremony promises members ‘would never, ever be forgotten’," 3 June 2018 More than one city slicker has been awestruck when gazing up at thousands of twinkling lights. 15. Ginger Dingus, USA TODAY, "15 things you can do on an expedition cruise that you can't do on a big ship," 23 Jan. 2020 Then wind through a picturesque forest full of spruce and quaking aspen, gaze up at the historic Alaska Railroad Trestle, and saunter along the banks of Hines and Riley streams. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker Hubert Sauper turns his rigorous but compassionate gaze on this fascinating place in Epicentro, winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2020 edition of Sundance. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Epicentro': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 The room was very engaged with Schiff's remarks— many never breaking their gaze. NBC News, "Collins: 'Not true' GOP senators risked heads 'on a pike' if they vote against Trump," 26 Jan. 2020 And a Bristol County sheriff who craves their gaze was all too happy to accommodate them. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Michelle Carter’s out of jail, but not out of the spotlight," 25 Jan. 2020 But Picard is more subdued, instead keeping its gaze to the smaller world, accompanied by a haunting flute (a deliberate reference) and melancholy cello. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Picard frontloads fanservice so it can get on with going boldly," 24 Jan. 2020 These are women with wrinkles and fat and tattoos and unretouched skin, a wheelchair here, pregnant belly there — photos not meant to attract our gaze or sell a product but to defy. Barbara Ortutay, USA TODAY, "Does the naked body belong on Facebook? It's complicated," 19 Jan. 2020 These are women with wrinkles and fat and tattoos and unretouched skin, a wheelchair here, pregnant belly there — photos not meant to attract our gaze or sell a product but to defy. Barbara Ortutay, SFChronicle.com, "Does the naked body belong on Facebook? It’s complicated," 17 Jan. 2020 Under the gaze of her manager, the girl stepped forward and forced a smile. Washington Post, "In Philippine red-light district, an uphill struggle to battle trafficking and abuses," 18 Nov. 2019 In early November the Tether Electrodynamic Propulsion CubeSat Experiment (TEPCE), already in orbit, is set to make its move under the watchful gaze of telescopes on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "Kilometer-Long Space-Tether Tests Fuel-Free Propulsion," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Gaze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaze. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for gaze

gaze

verb
How to pronounce gaze (audio)

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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