stare

verb
\ ˈster How to pronounce stare (audio) \
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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starer noun

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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 People may stare, and that can make a patient feel stigmatized. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, "Doctors Say Psoriasis Treatments Should Include Mental Health," 31 July 2020 To work in preparedness, Nicolette Louissaint told me, is to constantly stare at society’s vulnerabilities and imagine the worst possible future. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Experts Are Not Okay," 7 July 2020 There is something about being able to stare into somebody’s eyeballs. Zoe Beaty, refinery29.com, "Is Lockdown Making Our Friendships Decay?," 22 June 2020 Young women would stare in fear at the family's empty home, and a woman who lived across the street decided to move altogether, according to a Dayton Daily News story Oct. 30, 1966. Amber Hunt, Cincinnati.com, "Backstory: Anita Taylor was beaten, left for dead. Her son seeks answers 54 years later.," 18 June 2020 Have a nice cry, a good scream, or simply sit and stare into the abyss inside your tin box of despair. Kathryn Kvas, The New Yorker, "How Things Work in a Pandemic," 13 June 2020 Keep your eyes on the dog, but never stare into his eyes, as this could be seen as a threat and could trigger an aggressive response. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Animals Matter: What to do when strange dogs approach you," 5 June 2020 The poetry channel clicks into action when people ruminate, stare, daydream, let their thoughts meander. Elizabeth Lund, The Christian Science Monitor, "Q&A with poet Naomi Shihab Nye," 28 May 2020 Two employees at an Omega boutique stare into space as pedestrians walk by without a glance at the watches on display. Shawna Kwan, Bloomberg.com, "Virus Scare Empties Malls on World’s Priciest Shopping Strip," 10 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rows of police stood in rows behind the fence with a 30-foot stare. oregonlive, "Portland’s Justice Center fence: A daunting place after dark for both protesters and police," 28 June 2020 The officer talked to the highly-intoxicated man, who was sitting on the ground with a distant stare. John Benson, cleveland, "Driver with suspended license has gun and 43 rounds of ammunition: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 24 June 2020 Seconds later, the fighter Michelle Waterson hugged White before her stare-down and embrace of her opponent, Carla Esparza. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "U.F.C.’s Coronavirus Plan Is Careful. Its Enforcement Has Been Spotty," 12 May 2020 Time to get moving, including – if a stare-down with Burrow is possibly looming – that first-overall pick. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "CBS' La Canfora to Bengals: Trade Andy Dalton, trade for Cam Newton, deal top draft pick," 10 Feb. 2020 Both players clutched the ball long after the whistle, Vital ripped it free, there were some stare-downs and a gathering of heated players from both teams. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Christian Vital got going while Alterique Gilbert could not in UConn’s opening victory over Sacred Heart," 9 Nov. 2019 Good therapy, spiritual guidance if appropriate, and a good hard stare-down with your frailties. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Cheating husband just wants to say he’s sorry, wife doesn’t want to hear it," 26 Sep. 2019 The three-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher and the Texans found themselves in a stare-down that began this offseason as negotiations on a long-term deal disintegrated. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL now entering the player empowerment era," 30 Aug. 2019 When both players got up, there was a split-second stare-down before Wise gave Skipper a big hug. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Day 7: Tom Brady rallies the offense after slow start," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for stare

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

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Last Updated

4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stare. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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stare

verb
How to pronounce stare (audio)

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 How to pronounce stare (audio) \
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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