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stare

verb \ ˈster \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of stare

stared; staring
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

starer

noun
stare one in the face
: to be undeniably and forcefully evident or apparent

Examples of stare in a Sentence

  1. She stared out the window.

  2. His mother told him not to stare.

Recent Examples of stare from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of stare

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

stare Synonyms

Synonyms
blink, gawk, gawp [chiefly British], gaze, goggle, peer, rubberneck, gape
Related Words
glare, gloat, glower; consider, eye, fixate, observe, regard, watch; leer, ogle; peruse, pore (over), study; outface, outstare, stare down
Near Antonyms
glance, glimpse, peek, peep; browse, dip (into), scan; wink (at)

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stare

noun

Definition of stare

: the act or an instance of staring
  • a blank stare

Examples of stare in a Sentence

  1. They looked at me with accusing stares.

  2. caught the child's wide-eyed stare on film

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First Known Use of stare

1553

stare Synonyms

Synonyms
aspect [archaic], eye, gape, regard, scrutiny, gaze
Related Words
glare, glower; contemplation, fixation; attention, observance, observation, surveillance, watch; examination, inspection, perusal, study, survey
Near Antonyms
blink [chiefly Scottish], flash, glance, glimpse, peek, peep, sight, stime [chiefly Scottish & Irish]; oeillade, ogle; browse, scan


STARE Defined for English Language Learners

stare

verb

Definition of stare for English Language Learners

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


stare

noun

Definition of stare for English Language Learners

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


STARE Defined for Kids

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stare

verb \ ˈster \

Definition of stare for Students

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

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stare

noun

Definition of stare for Students

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


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