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

Caribou in their white winter coats stopped to stare at us before leaping into the air and prancing away. Author: Paxson Woelber, Anchorage Daily News, "Trekking into the storm-battered, golden beauty of Adak Island," 17 June 2019 Players from both teams exited the dugouts and stood on the field to stare at the giant video screen above right field. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros earn walkoff win over Orioles in 11 innings," 8 June 2019 All of this is part of the country’s DNA, and Deadwood was willing to stare it directly in the face. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Outlaw World of Deadwood," 6 June 2019 This was in the pre-latte era, before nearly every town had a cozy third space for angsty young girls to stare out the window. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "The Hole in My Soul," 1 June 2018 Maintaining the roadside vistas experienced at 45 mph as drivers round bends, to the paved overlooks with parking areas for stopping a while to stare, is never-ending work, Anderson said. Karen Chávez, USA TODAY, "Blue Ridge Parkway views get major restoration with 'Renew the Views' project," 15 Apr. 2018 In the video pieces Transfiguración elemento tierra (1983), Jennifer Hackshaw and María Luisa González, of the artist collective Yeni & Nan, stare into the camera silently and without expression. The New York Review of Books, "Esther Allen," 15 June 2019 Driverless technology proponents envision a day in the not-too-distant future in which most driving becomes automated, freeing commuters to stare into their smartphones or their dashboard video screens. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Driverless big rigs could be hitting Florida highways next year. Are you ready, good buddy?," 13 June 2019 Unfazed, the cows go about sleeping, eating and relieving themselves as the humans stare out the glass. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "I took a tour of Fair Oaks Farms. Here's what I saw.," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At first, the fair-skinned, taboo-talking Hileman was met by confused stares at the residential school, which cares for children whose parents have leprosy. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Girl Scout teaches female empowerment to girls in rural India," 24 June 2019 Unfortunately, Luke and his big, blank stares are here to stay a while longer...but at least his nonsense resulted in Hannah giving her best speech of the season. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 15, Episode 6 Recap: Hannah Gives a Very, Very Good Speech," 18 June 2019 The first question of the day left blank stares on the faces of United States women’s national team players Alyssa Naeher and Julie Ertz. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "World Cup bubble of isolation helps USWNT focus," 9 June 2019 The powerful stare, the perfectly-coiffed hair, the clothes, the swagger: Robin is now officially hot and the GoT fandom is taking is as a consolation prize for the way the rest of the series finale did us all kinda dirty. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""Game of Thrones" Should Have Given the Iron Throne to Robin Arryn’s Glow-Up," 20 May 2019 Women can’t move freely, without being subject to stares, comments, questions, catcalls, solicitations, threats. National Geographic, "Could a woman walk around the world today?," 5 Apr. 2019 He was met with stares and was spit upon at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland.com, "Vietnam vet welcomed home after 50 years: Community Voices," 17 June 2019 Wearing the beloved gray sweats that are his second skin, Fangio sees everything, with a stare that never blinks. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: How the Fangio Stare, soon to be famous in Broncos Country, is redefining Denver’s defense," 8 June 2019 Their hard stares provide the most arresting images of the film. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 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 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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