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

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 For all society’s talk of love and nurturance, under Keiko’s gaze its core value is revealed to be a cheery willingness to serve others 24 hours a day. Stephanie Hayes, The Atlantic, "Sayaka Murata Is Experimenting on You," 9 Nov. 2020 And on a clear night, climb to our roof, to gaze at all the stars. Lockheed Martin, National Geographic, "How did NASA land on and grab stuff from an astroid?," 21 Oct. 2020 In contrast, Girl With a Pearl Earring features an unnamed young woman looking over her shoulder to gaze directly at the viewer. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Reveal Hidden Details in Vermeer’s ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’," 29 Apr. 2020 Henderson, a task force member, likes to gaze out toward the hills, with their thick tree canopy and feathering of clouds on top. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland is trying to defund the police. Can it? Should it?," 1 Nov. 2020 Even having something appealing to gaze on outside your window in the dead of winter helps relieve a case of cabin fever. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winterscaping the yard can take the chill out of a snowy landscape," 1 Oct. 2020 In it, two women gaze over an orderly town, while a villager nearby beats away a snake. Lucy Jakub, The New York Review of Books, "Maine’s Sublime Canvas of Contradictions," 12 Sep. 2020 Be sure to gaze skyward to peruse these richly textured trees. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Pandemic is perfect time to savor the gardens at St. Paul's Como Park," 18 Sep. 2020 If your eyes are facing the sky, gaze up at the sun, moon, clouds, and/or the vast space in between them all. Jessamyn Stanley, SELF, "4 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself While Living in the World in 2020," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Until all too recently, the world of pop-rock has been dominated by the male gaze and unapologetic sexism. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, "'Nobody Ever Asked Me About the Girls': Lisa Robinson dishes on women’s plight in pop music," 10 Nov. 2020 Davis was more likely to be seen than read or heard at the time, but her very existence complicated the white and Black male gaze of what Black women could be. Nelson George Photographs By John Edmonds, New York Times, "Angela Davis," 19 Oct. 2020 In her memoir The Vanity Fair Diaries, Tina Brown talks about the freedom that comes with not having to be enthralling, of aging out of the bracket that the male gaze tends to scrutinize. Raven Smith, Vogue, "The Curious Case of Brad Pitt," 24 Sep. 2020 Kulfi aims to create a world that's relatable to us South Asian Gen Z members and millennials, and that defines beauty from our perspective, without waiting for the approval of the male gaze, something that comes up often in our culture. Loni Venti, Allure, "Indian Matchmaking Is a Missed Opportunity to Challenge South Asian Beauty Standards," 23 Sep. 2020 Fighting the male gaze: Men and some white women have dominated world photography, and the visual concept that people glean from a place. Brian Skerry, National Geographic, "Photographing sharks, carefully," 31 July 2020 McCartney brought a female gaze to Chloé and a focus on clothes that were destined for a woman’s wardrobe, rather than a museum exhibition, say. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Galliano. McQueen. Chalayan. McCartney. These London Libertines “Created Their Own Rules”," 7 Nov. 2020 Aparna Saha, a woman with a penetrating gaze, opened the door. New York Times, "‘Rural Surge’ Propels India Toward More Covid-19 Infections Than U.S.," 8 Oct. 2020 Learn more about our planet, gaze at stunning images, and wow your friends while keeping clutter to a minimum. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Coffee table books that bring the wonders of our planet into your living room," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gaze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaze. Accessed 27 Nov. 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

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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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