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stared; staring

intransitive verb

: to look fixedly often with wide-open eyes
: to show oneself conspicuously
the error stared from the page
of hair : to stand on end : bristle
also : to appear rough and lusterless

transitive verb

: to have an effect on by staring
: to look at with a searching or earnest gaze
starer noun


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: the act or an instance of staring
a blank stare
stare one in the face
: to be undeniably and forcefully evident or apparent

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Wearing a long cape and wielding a sword, Tatum poses next to his daughter, who has her arms by her side and stares straight into the camera. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 Behind her, a few dozen people mill about, leaning on a rail, drinking coffee, staring at their phones. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for stare 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1553, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stare was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
ˈsta(ə)r How to pronounce stare (audio)
stared; staring
: to look hard and long often with wide-open eyes
stare at a stranger
starer noun


2 of 2 noun
: the act or an instance of staring

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