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

Your capacity to gaze upon these spaces without judgement will prep you for the 24th’s Full Moon, which magnifies your capacity to open wide to surprises and choose-your-own adventures. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes October 2018," 3 Oct. 2018 In a swirl of nimble, pale brushwork, the artist conjures up a figure from behind, gazing in the mirror, confecting herself. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018 After the glorious pictures from the royal wedding, a picture of a chubby-cheeked baby (with the proud parents gazing down adoringly) sounds pretty perfect. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Just Let Slip When Her Due Date Might Be," 27 Dec. 2018 But if previous generations looked outward and overseas for inspiration, Hanoi’s new wave is gazing inward. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 And along with taking in the great-looking clothes and shoes, many a guest has also gazed lovingly at the space's unique lighting fixtures. Roxanne Robinson, ELLE Decor, "You Can Now Buy the Incredibly Chic Lighting at the Coco Chanel Apartment in Paris," 25 Sep. 2018 Up the Creek, order the fried oysters or shrimp gumbo, some chilled Sauvignon Blanc and gaze out at the marshes and river and watch the seagulls diving for their own fishy dinners (313 Water St., upthecrekrawbar.com). Gully Wells, WSJ, "A Trip to the Florida of Yore," 12 Dec. 2018 In the corner by the window, under a neon display of pop-arty lips, a round-faced woman kept holding up her phone and gazing at it. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "At the Pastagram, everyone was eating, and no one was taking pictures of it.," 15 Oct. 2018 As the couple left Windsor Castle, they were seen wearing matching outfits and, again, gazing adoringly at one another. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding Rehearsal Look Will Remind You of Their First Appearance," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What better way to free yourself from the chains—yes, even those heavy metallic links hanging from a few of Kawakubo's spring designs in the most exquisitely literal sense—of society's confining gaze? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo Makes the Case for Going Gray on Your Own Damn Terms," 30 Sep. 2018 What fed and sustained Miss Brodie was the sunlight of the adoring gaze. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Women Set London’s Stages Ablaze," 9 July 2018 Zidane became a national hero as a result, making a mockery of Le Pen's insulting comments and bringing French football to the forefront of the world's gaze. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 5 Weeks to Go - France Claim Maiden World Cup on Home Soil With Win Over Brazil," 19 May 2018 The literature of love, both the bad kind and the good, hinges on this type of sustained gaze. Longreads, "Captive Audience," 1 May 2018 Animals process threatening stimuli in their right brain-hemisphere, using their left eye, so the direction of the horse's gaze revealed their read of the photograph. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Horses Can Read and Remember People's Emotions," 29 Apr. 2018 Leon wore a look straight out of the film Blue Crush: electric purple bikini, faded jean short shorts with pockets sticking out from the bottom, and her best blue steel gaze to boot. Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Hits the Beach in Complete Noughties Fashion," 8 Jan. 2019 Image One of those occasions arrived this Tuesday and Wednesday, drawing the Druids’ descendants, along with four New York Times photographers, to line the borough’s wide cross-streets and gaze in the general direction of New Jersey. John Leland, New York Times, "Clouds Over Manhattanhenge," 30 May 2018 The images showed a head and torso caked in dirt — but with the crooked arm and expressionless gaze that matched how Reza Shah appeared in his open casket before the theocracy's wrecking crews tore down the mausoleum in April 1980. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "The discovery of a decades-old corpse unearths a new threat to Iran's theocracy," 25 Apr. 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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