\ 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



Definition of stare (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or an instance of staring a blank stare

Other Words from stare


starer noun

Synonyms for stare

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rublev could only stare back at him, not sure what to make of an opponent suddenly playing the best tennis of his life. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 The only thing better than getting to stare up at the Milky Way with the naked eye? Outside Online, 20 Apr. 2022 As in, people in Copenhagen were breaking their necks to stare at it during our drive of a Europe-spec Buzz. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 6 Sep. 2022 Now, the girls have joined forces in the glass box and stare ominously at the camera as if ready to break out, while a booming, alarm-like instrumental closes out the 17-second teaser. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 15 Aug. 2022 It’s in downtown Bend, with a grassy area gradually sloping right down to the Deschutes River that provides plenty of space to spread a blanket and stare at the trees or grab one of the many picnic tables. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2022 In 1995, astronomer Robert Williams had the idea to make the Hubble Space Telescope stare for 10 days at a part of the sky that appeared to contain absolutely nothing. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 In the French tragedian Racine’s 17th-century version of the tragedy, as well as in Euripides, the onlookers all stare at the ground. Rachel Hadas, The Conversation, 8 July 2022 Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and several kid actors stare at something offscreen with a look of wonder and awe. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Turns out Baranski, like many of the social media users who praised her stare, isn’t too fond of the tech billionaire. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 But both have steely glares that allow their messages to resonate with a simple stare. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 20 May 2022 Not surprisingly, most people say no, dismissing him with a blank stare, a shake of the head, and once in a while, a dirty look. Kc Baker,, 21 Apr. 2022 This summer, markets like Austin and Las Vegas are experiencing a stare-down between buyers and sellers. Lance Lambert, Fortune, 15 Aug. 2022 Riley Greene led off the fourth inning with a double, then after a Reyes strikeout, Baez was hit by a pitch and gave Civale a long stare-down before slowly making his way to first base. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2022 Griner appeared to react to the sentencing with very little emotion, listening to the verdict with a blank stare on her face. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 4 Aug. 2022 The portrait has an intense stare, and the right side of his face is in shadow, while his left ear is clearly visible. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 14 July 2022 Jonathan Banks can do so much with a dour stare, and he's never been better than his last look down at the two dead men. Darren Franich,, 12 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stare


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


1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stare


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


\ 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



Kids Definition of stare (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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