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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Verb

starer noun

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the drama squashed, everyone can go party on the boat and ride the Jet Skis and stare at Joe Gorga’s hairless ham hock of a torso with drool running down their jowls. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Joe Blow," 31 Mar. 2021 Going somewhere where there's absolutely nothing else to do but stare at the sky and sit around a fire and drive around in the middle of the desert… there's so much room for melodies and songs to come in. Brennan Carley, EW.com, "Miranda Lambert is finally breathing again," 26 Apr. 2021 Just stare at a tree or a bee sniffing a flower—there's magic in that. Ying Chu, Marie Claire, "Supermodel Hairstylist Harry Josh Has a New Approach to Beauty," 22 Apr. 2021 The two of them stand on the dock in their age-inappropriate bathing suits and stare at the dark patch under the water. Margaret Atwood, The New Yorker, "Old Babes in the Wood," 19 Apr. 2021 In the video, Silva appears oblivious to the request and continues to pace the length of the cell and stare out of its hallway-facing window, his mouth agape. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County agrees to pay $3.5M to settle 2018 jail death," 5 Apr. 2021 Stabler’s initial return scenes on SVU were fan-servicey and indulgent — lots of opportunities to stare deeply into his old partner Olivia Benson’s eyes and attempt to atone for the mistakes of his past. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "Organized Crime Is Not What We Need From Law & Order," 2 Apr. 2021 Crew members can stare east at Asia or west at Africa or north at the freighter ahead of them taking the same narrow shortcut between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Washington Post, "Inside the 144-hour scramble to free the giant ship stuck in the Suez Canal," 31 Mar. 2021 Officers spoke to the woman, who relayed similar accusations against the man and said his friends point and stare at her home. cleveland, "Drunken driver clueless to his whereabouts: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His frames swoop, zoom, whoosh, and vibrate, lingering a second too long on Williams’s wide-eyed stare, stretching it into an expression of abject horror. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "In the Messy Land of Internet Video, the Editor Is King," 10 May 2021 Greyeyes is great, too: Every cocked eyebrow, eye roll, nod, squint, and incredulous stare feels natural and punctuating. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Why Is Ed Helms Leading the First Native Sitcom?," 30 Apr. 2021 But this time, as if it was meant to be, a young woman's diligence digitally captured that haunting, nonchalant stare. Robert Elliott, Star Tribune, "38th Street now spans the globe," 21 Apr. 2021 While the Snyder Cut doesn’t have a true battle between the Justice League and Darkseid, there is one epic stare-down after Wonder Woman sends the head of Steppenwolf through a boom tube where Darkseid was monitoring things. Washington Post, "‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’: The six most significant changes from the original," 22 Mar. 2021 For months, Facebook and Google have been locked in a stare-down with news publishers and lawmakers in Australia. New York Times, "Facebook Blocks News in Australia, Diverging With Google on Proposed Law," 17 Feb. 2021 Maila’s baleful stare, not at all reminiscent of sirens immemorial, also was meant to unnerve viewers. oregonlive, "Maila Nurmi’s Oregon upbringing led to sexy horror icon Vampira; new book captures her intense, tragic life," 15 Apr. 2021 The bell rang to end Round 1, and Hagler, unbowed, fixed a stare on Hearns for a couple of seconds as the challenger turned for his corner. BostonGlobe.com, "Brockton boxers still dream of being the next Marvin Hagler," 27 Mar. 2021 Or delivering a deadly stare, or trying mightily and exaggeratedly to wink. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Why Jessica Walter’s Pictures Said a Thousand Words," 25 Mar. 2021

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

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13 May 2021

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“Stare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stare. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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 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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