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

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

As the city sleeps, dozens of Chinese-speaking couples can be seen in their silky red or white wedding gowns or neatly pressed black tuxedos gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes or staring seductively up toward the sky. Los Angeles Times, "Czech Republic sees a surge in visitors from China, including many prenuptial couples," 3 Sep. 2019 Dennis captioned a photo of herself and Price lovingly gazing into each other’s eyes while sitting together on a large chair. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Southern Charm's Kathryn Dennis & AGT's Hunter Price Have Split — Despite Her Diamond Ring Photo," 29 Aug. 2019 Crater Rim Drive hugs the edge of Kilauea Caldera and leads to viewpoints where visitors can gaze into the belly of the beast and inhale its pungent sulfur scent. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park," 15 July 2019 By the Sea, on a late-summer day, Marion Ross gazes toward the blue Pacific just a few blocks away. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Theater: For Marion Ross, these are happy days," 15 Sep. 2019 Others, however, walked slowly and gazed around in wonder at the additions lining the hallway. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago nonprofit brings art to schools to get kids to ask ‘What’s that?’," 14 Sep. 2019 In the evenings, gaze up at the stars alongside astronomers, who will share traditional Hawaiian navigation techniques. National Geographic, "Hawai‘i Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 With high-cheeked blush fusing with the structured eye shadow—plus a couple models’ gazes bedecked with Swarovski crystals—the effect was disco-ready. Vogue, "Pyer Moss Channels ’70s Rock Icons With Next-Level Glam Beauty," 10 Sep. 2019 In one photograph from the trip, Klum, pictured from the back, gazed out at the urban skyline, once again only in a pair of black underwear. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Heidi Klum Shows Off Her Incredible Body in Red Lingerie After Traveling to Tokyo," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Lara is a remarkable young actress, with a gaze that magnetizes even the camera’s easily distracted attention. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A grim fairy tale, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ peers at war through a child’s eyes," 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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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
\ 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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