stare

verb
\ˈster \
stared; staring

Definition of stare 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to look fixedly often with wide-open eyes

2 : to show oneself conspicuously the error stared from the page

3 of hair : to stand on end : bristle also : to appear rough and lusterless

transitive verb

1 : to have an effect on by staring

2 : to look at with a searching or earnest gaze

stare one in the face

: to be undeniably and forcefully evident or apparent

stare

noun

Definition of stare (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or an instance of staring a blank stare

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Other Words from stare

Verb

starer noun

Synonyms for stare

Synonyms: Verb

blink, gape, gawk, gaze, goggle, peer, rubberneck

Synonyms: Noun

eye, gape, gaze, regard, scrutiny

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Examples of stare in a Sentence

Verb

She stared out the window. His mother told him not to stare.

Noun

They looked at me with accusing stares. caught the child's wide-eyed stare on film
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the visual opens, take caution not to stare too long at the swinging pendulum. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Let Post Animal Haunt You With Eerie 'Tire Eyes' Video: Exclusive Premiere," 15 June 2018 Statues, of all sizes and degrees of life-likeness, stare from shelves, beckoning to be bought. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "Amid immigration uncertainties, Latinos turn to a power higher than Trump," 20 June 2018 In their place is a conference room occupied by a half-dozen computer scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists who stare at me intently. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "The Future of Therapy: Becoming Someone Else in VR," 16 Apr. 2018 Honolulu now tickets pedestrians who stare at their phones while crossing the street. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "As Pedestrian Deaths Spike, Scientists Scramble for Answers," 22 Mar. 2018 And Fisher neither wilts under the camera’s scrutiny nor succumbs to the temptation to stare it down. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Bo Burnham's 'Eighth Grade' is a beautifully honest portrait of adolescent girlhood," 11 July 2018 This being New York City, others stop and stare along with you. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Behind the City’ Immerses You in New York and Yourself," 19 June 2018 More egregious issues include a bug that caused an NPC to simply stare at me silently. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Vampyr review: Dead in the daylight," 6 June 2018 At one point, people stop and stare with distress and disbelief at something off screen, next to or behind the camera. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "An immigrant story, atrocity tourism, the future of Barbie," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But new research suggests that isolated comments, lingering stares, and far more minor behaviors that send devaluing messagescan cause a negative psychological impact as serious as the effects of physical or other types of harassment. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "'Death by a thousand cuts': How minor incidents of harassment create toxic environments for women," 12 June 2018 Inmates suffering from dementia and the debilitating consequences of stroke stare aimlessly. Jenifer Mckim, BostonGlobe.com, "With aging prison population, Massachusetts looks to possible cost-saving, compassionate fix," 21 May 2018 So, coming up next from bro hugs to blank stares, President Trump meeting with Angela Merkel, not exactly playing out like the visit with Emmanuel Macron. Fox News, "Jill Stein refuses to fully comply with Senate Russia probe," 5 May 2018 Murray and his costar in the scene, Berkrot, were introduced, but Murray was already in character with a funny, thousand-yard stare in his eyes. Chris Nashawaty, SI.com, "Inside the Caddyshack Scene That Squashed the Bill Murray-Chevy Chase Beef," 17 Apr. 2018 The second woman looked around sheepishly while the stare from Weiwei made the man avert his eyes and gaze out of the window. Zito Madu, GQ, "The Unflinching Humanity of Ai Weiwei's Human Flow," 27 Mar. 2018 Replete with an ice-white wig and even icier stare, Quigley is just one of many characters Manville will inhabit this year. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Sunday Conversation: Lesley Manville discusses her wide-ranging career and new appreciation for TV," 5 July 2018 The mother of three flaunted a badass stare and a few silly poses, sticking her tongue out in one sassy shot. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Beyonce Shows Off Her Incredible Style on Board a Private Jet: See Photos," 2 July 2018 Even after the technical foul was called, McMillan gave referee Justin Van Duyne a stare that was as cold as the weather outside. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "3 takeaways from Pacers 122-101 loss to Milwaukee," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of stare

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stare

Verb

Middle English, from Old English starian; akin to Old High German starēn to stare, Greek stereos solid, Lithuanian starinti to stiffen

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More Definitions for stare

stare

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look at someone or something for a long time often with your eyes wide open

stare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stare (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of looking directly at someone or something for a long time : the act of staring

stare

verb
\ˈster \
stared; staring

Kids Definition of stare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look at hard and long often with wide-open eyes

stare

noun

Kids Definition of stare (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or an instance of looking at hard and long

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