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

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 The effect of gazing into or out from their little eyes creates the unsettling effect of a mise en abyme, an infinite, unsettling loop that once activated, can be broken only by complete destruction. Los Angeles Times, "Technology, cute and horrific, in Samanta Schweblin’s latest modern nightmare," 5 May 2020 Any hot food becomes a delicious feast, and gazing into the dancing flames of a campfire reminds you that humans instinctively gravitate toward warmth and light. Popular Science, "Portable torches for campfires and stoves," 23 Mar. 2020 The dictator threw on his greatcoat, saddled up his white steed and rode up the mountain’s slopes until man and beast were gazing into the caldera lake that glints at the summit, pure as the Korean race. The Economist, "Beware North Korea’s petulance and propaganda," 24 Oct. 2019 The pair gazed into each other’s eyes with the insular complicity of newlyweds, unscathed by the rain falling around them like glittering confetti. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Fractured Fairy Tale," 13 Apr. 2020 The other bride, wearing a black tuxedo jacket over a mesh bustier, gazes up at her wife with a shark's smile. EW.com, "Killing Eve premiere recap: One wedding and two funerals," 13 Apr. 2020 On the lawn, a small blonde woman gazes up at the inferno. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "The Brilliant Fault Lines of Little Fires Everywhere," 19 Mar. 2020 The portrait of Mao Zedong gazes down on a mostly empty Tiananmen Square in Beijing. NBC News, "Before and after photos show how coronavirus fears clear the crowds," 11 Mar. 2020 While comfortably seated behind the three-spoke steering wheel, Patrick gazes at the Indian-head ornament on the radiator cap through the non-glare vision/ventilation windshield. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "The Classics:1931 Pontiac a big six with 60 horsepower," 10 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The young gorilla robot was also capable of averting his gaze when needed, to show respect to the real gorillas, as real young gorillas would do. Fox News, "Robot 'spy' gorilla records wild Ugandan gorillas singing and farting," 3 May 2020 Henri Cartier-Bresson photographed the same regions of Mexico as Iturbide, but his subjects typically avert their gaze, and his figures are often cordoned off: In one, a woman from Juchitan sits collapsed on the floor, framed by the legs of a table. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, "Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s ground-level view of modern Mexico," 12 Mar. 2020 On a recent Friday night, Policarpo Chaj crowded into a small Westlake office and cast his gaze on the projection ahead. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A census undercount could cost California billions — and L.A. is famously hard to track," 29 Apr. 2019 Shezil Malik, an illustrator whose work revolves around the male gaze and female empowerment, has also had her feminist murals vandalized. Sophia Saifi, CNN, "They plan to march for gender equality. In Pakistan, that has caused outrage," 7 Mar. 2020 Robbie's Tate was seen by some as a passive receptacle for the male gaze, a dreamy fantasy girl destined to be forever associated with her tragic ending. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "These Oscar Best Picture nominees are ‘problematic’—but will that matter?," 16 Jan. 2020 But less questionable is the direction of Ly’s gaze, who turns his movie’s focus toward the young boys of the Bosquets, and the dim future their country is fixing for them. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Les Miserables’ finds Paris projects ready to ignite," 16 Jan. 2020 With the cultural gaze on them, this is a great opportunity to shed light on what weasels really are. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Unlike Packers' 'Yellow weasel' call, real weasels are actually quite formidable," 15 Jan. 2020 Mr Liu says the company records its workers’ gaze, mouse movements and keyboard strokes. The Economist, "China’s success at AI has relied on good data," 2 Jan. 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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The first known use of gaze was in the 14th century

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22 May 2020

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“Gaze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaze. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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