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

Some peculiarity on which the public can’t help but gaze. Graham Hillard, National Review, "O. J. Simpson Joins Twitter," 28 June 2019 The subjects upon whom the camera gazes most tenderly are the women of the home. Hau Chu, Twin Cities, "‘The Third Wife,’ a movie set in 19th-century Vietnam, has a lot to say about today," 27 June 2019 The subjects upon whom the camera gazes most tenderly are the women of the home. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘The Third Wife’ is a story told with deft, lush strokes," 27 June 2019 Many viewers, gazing upon Ms. Pensato’s charcoal drawings and massive black-and-white enamel installations, interpreted her work as on consumerism and lost innocence. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Joyce Pensato, artist who reimagined iconic cartoon characters, dies at 77," 26 June 2019 From gazing upon chromatic, steaming lakes to soaking in a thermal bath, Icelandic visits are impacted by the country's powerful natural forces. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Geothermal baths and beyond: Rick Steves' guide to Iceland's steamiest sites," 25 June 2019 And in The Paper Wasp, by Lauren Acampora, an awkward, solitary aspiring filmmaker languishes in her Michigan hometown, gazing from afar at the much shinier life of her childhood best friend turned Hollywood ingenue. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Female Friendships Are the Best, Until They Aren't," 20 June 2019 Hernández, making a remarkable screen debut, teaches us to read her through her fleeting smiles and reproachful gazes. Justin Chang, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Moving ‘Too Late to Die Young’ opens a window on a lost Chilean summer," 13 June 2019 Hernández, making a remarkable screen debut, teaches us to read her through her fleeting smiles and reproachful gazes. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: The moving ‘Too Late to Die Young’ opens a window on a lost Chilean summer," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Xavier straightened up and leveled a confused gaze at his sister’s ghost. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 To have a female gaze on that very male world was more interesting. Emily Zemler, latimes.com, "Starz’s supernatural spy game ‘The Rook’ turns the female gaze on a man’s world," 27 June 2019 At one point in the show, audiences in the tent are asked to lay down as a duo trapeze act flies almost directly above them, a reciprocal star gaze against purple-pink light. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "Circus performers build a ‘Brave Space’ through the gift of risk," 25 June 2019 The contradiction is remarkable — how exalting the moment is without compromising Roston’s unflinching gaze at Hathaway’s destructive demons. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Solo actors capture dark and light in ‘Twisted Melodies’ and ‘Every Brilliant Thing’," 25 June 2019 Jared has his arms wrapped around his wife as the two gaze off into the sunset. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Ivanka Trump avoided potentially awkward photos with celebrity Trump critics at Karlie Kloss’ wedding bash," 24 June 2019 The seventh edition of the report — like publications Arcview published previously — includes a calculated gaze into the crystal ball, projecting industry sales. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Cannabis sales could hit $15 billion globally this year," 20 June 2019 Find a patch of grass and gaze across the water at Canada (belleisleconservancy.org). Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "A Fascinating Long Weekend in Detroit: The Essential Guide," 19 June 2019 When meeting a person’s gaze, dogs often raise their inner eyebrow muscle to make their eyes look larger and more appealing. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "‘Puppy dog eyes’ evolved so dogs could communicate with us," 17 June 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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