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

Synonyms for gaze

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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 Friday marks the Mid-Autumn Festival, a day when families traditionally gather to gaze at the moon and eat mooncakes, while children swing colorful lanterns from the end of sticks. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters form human chain as government offers concessions," 13 Sep. 2019 Along with having many places to gaze at the night sky, the park also hosts night sky programs in the summer. Dan England, The Know, "Where to go stargazing in Colorado, from parks to small towns," 9 Sep. 2019 The hilltop park features more than two thousand acres of nature trails and many exceptional spots to gaze down at both the Ohio and Miami rivers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's TML: You're in for a treat, Cincinnati fans. Positive thoughts on Bengals, UC, Reds.," 5 Sep. 2019 None have the infrared camera to ensure drivers keep their eyes on the road and can’t give in to the temptation to gaze at their phones or anything else. New York Times, "Cadillac’s Last Stand? Storied Brand Aims (Again) for Revival," 27 Aug. 2019 For much of the last decade, visitors have only been able to gaze at the structure from a distance. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Washington Monument Will Reopen in September," 16 Aug. 2019 Also, Olympic gold medal-winning wheelchair basketball player Josh Turek came and spoke about his experience in the sport and even passed around his two Olympic medals for campers to gaze at. Jonah Dylan, courant.com, "Inside Martrell Stevens’ journey to becoming a rising wheelchair basketball star," 1 Aug. 2019 Every time the holy city is mentioned, the sisters whip around to gaze at an enlarged picture postcard that glimmers, like a mirage, on the back wall. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "A Millennial Reboot of Chekhov, and “Moulin Rouge!” on Broadway," 29 July 2019 Civil rights demonstrators who had descended on the launch site to question America's spending priorities temporarily stood down to gaze skyward. al.com, "Apollo 11 at 50: Celebrating first steps on another world," 20 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shift your gaze to your right palm, and let gravity pull you into the stretch, keeping your knees grounded and pressed together with the help of your left hand. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "12 Yoga Poses for Climbers to Do Daily," 9 Aug. 2019 Lara is a remarkable young actress, with a gaze that magnetizes even the camera’s easily distracted attention. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A grim fairy tale, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ peers at war through a child’s eyes," 12 Sep. 2019 Nature was Ruskin’s touchstone: One notebook is open to botanical sketches—the results of a scrutinizing gaze and subtle hand. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America’ Review: Reformist, Yet Committed to Beauty," 11 Feb. 2019 Growing up in Hutchinson, a small town about 60 miles west of Minneapolis, Whalen became a wizard on the hardwood with a quick step to the basket, a smooth jump shot and a steely gaze that always meant business on the court. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Lynx star, Minnesota legend: Whalen to retire from WNBA," 13 Aug. 2018 Lara is a remarkable young actress, with a gaze that magnetizes even the camera’s easily distracted attention. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A grim fairy tale, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ peers at war through a child’s eyes," 12 Sep. 2019 His subjects are often at play in grass, smiling in repose and occasionally peer with an honest gaze at the camera. Antwaun Sargent, New York Times, "Black Beauty: Photography Between Art and Fashion," 5 Sep. 2019 Another trope was to cast a cinematic gaze upon his subject, capturing her from afar or through a window, say. Vogue, "A Look Back at Peter Lindbergh’s Work for Vogue," 4 Sep. 2019 But female nude scenes are often written and directed by men, and created with a distinctly male gaze. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Embrace the Female Gaze: 18 Times Male Actors Did Full-Frontal on Screen," 21 Aug. 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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24 Oct 2019

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

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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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