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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Other Words from stare

Verb

starer noun

Synonyms for stare

Synonyms: Verb

blink, gape, gawk, gawp [chiefly British], gaze, goggle, peer, rubberneck

Synonyms: Noun

aspect [archaic], 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

Their customers’ children stare longingly at the snack aisle. The Economist, "How to eat well while living under siege," 2 Aug. 2019 The members of Women’s U.S. Soccer are forcing those who perpetuate inequality to stare it in the face and then try to justify their actions. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "America Deserves to Be Shamed by the U.S. Women's Soccer Team," 8 July 2019 The game appeared tied, and Luongo sat on his heels, arms draped at his side to stare across the surface in Sunrise. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Luongo leads Panthers past league-leading Nashville to keep slim playoff hopes alive," 4 Apr. 2018 Only the two portraits of young girls stare directly at the viewer. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Latina artists in Dallas showcase 'were told ‘no,’ and they triumphed anyway’," 25 July 2019 In one stunner, a man and woman stare in opposite directions, emotionally disconnected despite their physical proximity. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Forget sexy. Eric Fischl paints the dark dramas amid all that skin," 16 July 2019 During lunchtime at middle schools across the U.S., adolescents stare at 15- to 60-second clips of their friends lip-synching to Beyoncé on the video-sharing app TikTok. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Can TikTok Turn 950 Million Downloads Into a Booming Business?," 26 June 2019 In the weeks after the shooting, Reed remembers walking into her home, past her husband and two kids, to sit on the bed and stare out the window, exhausted after a day of trying to teach and balance the emotional needs of herself and her students. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "'You're not in this alone': What Columbine survivors want Parkland students to know," 26 Feb. 2018 Between events, moms dance with babies in their arms; dads smile and stare into their beers. Chris Erskine, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A speedway, a spectacle, a sensational Saturday night," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Is there anything more unsettling than Anthony Hopkins’ piercing stare as cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs? Megan Mccluskey, Time, "The 10 Best Horror Movies on Netflix to Stream Right Now," 30 July 2019 In Zipaquira, the town’s mayor, smelling victory, unveiled 10 days ago a giant graffiti rendering of Bernal’s tiger-like stare. Washington Post, "Colombian cycling ‘beetles’ chase Tour leader Bernal’s dream," 27 July 2019 Sure, tending to your skin more than the average person on a plane may bring on stares from strangers. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Beauty Editors Share Their In-Flight Beauty Routines," 24 July 2019 Remember, these two almost-relatives are neighbours, which means Jane is just a few doors down from Mary Louise’s incredulous stares and behaviour. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Big Little Lies Season 2, Episode 6: 10 Things I Resent About You," 15 July 2019 The male rabbit normally hops and runs, while the female sits and stares. Echo Huang, Quartzy, "Disney’s “Mulan” is not the feminist Mulan Chinese girls recognize," 10 July 2019 While his Michigan baseball teammates took batting practice, Henry sat there, between a bunch of backpacks, boxed lunches and baseball gloves, barely breaking a stare. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan pounds Vanderbilt, 7-4, in College World Series, one win from title," 24 June 2019 Sometimes, that means unwelcome stares or sitting on the bench behind boys. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland girls briefly get wish – an elite baseball (not softball!) team of their own," 17 June 2019 On the cover Tony projected an intense pretty-boy Italian stare that rivaled John Travolta. Michael Gonzales, Longreads, "It’s Like That: The Makings of a Hip-Hop Writer," 10 June 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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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 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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