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, 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

In my experience, OpenVPN and IPSec tunnels generally require somewhere between eight seconds and 30+ seconds to establish a tunnel, during which time the user must twiddle his or her thumbs and stare uncertainly at a very techy-looking dialog. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Testing WireGuard with an early-adopter VPN service," 11 Dec. 2018 If so, one of the few remaining clouds on the economic horizon would be the President’s stare-down over trade with the current head of the Chinese regime, Xi Jinping. James Freeman, WSJ, "The American Wage Boom," 31 Oct. 2018 That translates into true, all-day battery life, even for the heaviest of users that stare at their phones all day long. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: more, more, more," 17 Aug. 2018 The full-length panoramic sun roof is smaller on the Grand California, but sleepers in the rear bed can still stare at the stars through one skylight and another sits above the dinette. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Volkswagen adds a larger, amenity-packed camper van to its lineup," 8 Aug. 2018 There’s no better time of year to stay up late, lay down a blanket, and stare at shooting stars. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here’s how to catch the spectacular show.," 8 Aug. 2018 Already people were sitting, even lying down, on the platforms built around Maximo’s feet, the bones and legs of which visitors are encouraged to touch, to walk under, to stare up into with the focus of veterinarians pondering a surgery. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "With a skeleton and megaplanters, the Field Museum fleshes out its main hall," 26 June 2018 People come from all over to stare at them and try to figure out their meaning. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Four: The Gospel of Bundy," 18 May 2018 As Peterson and Nevarez stare at the sandbox, three of the museum’s education staff walk up and start playing in it. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Along with the usual beverages, teams of the masked animals wander, scamper and stare about, in exchange for room and board. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "That Raccoon Rooting Through Your Trash Could Be a Big Star in Seoul," 7 Nov. 2018 Kimball played off the mishap with a smile and the trio ended their Magic Mike-esque dance (complete with gyrations and smoldering stares into the camera), by standing under a shower on the stage and shaking their wet hair. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Joe Amabile's 'Dancing With the Stars' Guest Jordan Kimball Suffered Hilarious Wardrobe Malfunction," 16 Oct. 2018 As a disabled person who uses mobility devices, people usually do stare. Stefanie Lyn Kaufman As Told To Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is What It's Really Like to Experience Psychosis," 23 Aug. 2018 Thus, taking his steely, dual-color stare to an otherworldly new level. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, David Bowie! What the Rock Icon Kept in His Makeup Bag," 8 Jan. 2018 Caleb continued his walk, drawing stares and smiles along the midway. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Inclusion and culture celebrated at Fiesta Especial," 24 Apr. 2018 Female cosplayers, Kupfner said, often face unwanted stares and sometimes suffer awkward interactions with men at conventions. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "More than a costume: Portland cosplayers say suiting up is a labor of love," 10 Apr. 2018 The mouse sprinting through this dizzying psychosexual labyrinth is Chloé Fortin (Marine Vacth), a dark-haired 25-year-old beauty with a sad, haunted stare and a history of abdominal pains. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "François Ozon's psychosexual thriller 'Double Lover' is a twisty, trashy delight," 14 Feb. 2018 The two men traded stares and words after Barea committed an offensive foul and put up a shot after the whistle, with Wall smacking his arm in the process. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "John Wall, J.J. Barea trash talk takes nasty turn as Mavs rout Wizards," 23 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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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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