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 the video, Selena and several other women stare into the camera and describe themselves in a single word. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Says She’s “Strong” in a New Video," 27 Nov. 2018 In a shape like a football, moving far apart means that the charges gather at the pointy ends of the football and stare angrily at each other like fans of rival teams. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Physicists report electron is round—what does that mean?," 7 Nov. 2018 To stare at an iPhone in front of a partner is to partake in some form of infidelity, whereby your attention is diverted from your loved one and redirected at hundreds of acquaintances and strangers. Carrie Battan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Escaping the Seduction of Your Smartphone," 26 July 2018 Don’t waste it on thinking people are going to stare at you in the corner. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Robyn Lawley recalls seeing her photos while being 'really pregnant'," 22 June 2018 The audience was forced to stare at this man in his moment of grief, which was an extension of how Weiwei himself stared at Ismatollah in the van. Zito Madu, GQ, "The Unflinching Humanity of Ai Weiwei's Human Flow," 27 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No model death stare here, this was a performance pulsing with life and curiosity and ever-changing movement from her eyes, her chin, her elbows, her wrists. Jordan Roth, Vogue, "Jordan Roth: A Man’s View on the Haute Couture," 28 Jan. 2019 Sitting in the same chair, True and Chicago can be seen looking at one another, with baby Chi's stare particularly intent. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "True Thompson and Chicago West Having a Deep Conversation Will Make Your Day," 30 Dec. 2018 Trump walks to a window and stares in the distance at the Washington Monument. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump the Opera—II," 26 Dec. 2018 Excessive fidgeting, strong body odor, cold penetrating stare -- that is a lady who wouldn't help with the overhead -- wide open staring eyes, exaggerated emotions, and facial flushing. Fox News, "TSA program tracks unsuspecting passengers," 31 July 2018 Dilone smiles widely, Teddy Quinlivan smolders, Bria Vinaite laughs, and Aya and Ami Suzuki pose with their trademark doll-like stares. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Moschino x H&M: See Every Look From the Collaboration," 11 Oct. 2018 Felicia Bowers rolls her wheelchair up to the drawing table and stares intently at the screen of the computer tablet that's propped on its surface. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Artist uses her eyes to draw, combat cerebral palsy," 16 June 2018 But there are those moms and dads who can't be pulled away from their tablets as kids kick the seat or stare at the person behind them. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Recline safely, don't pack tuna, and other ways not to be a jerk at 30,000 feet," 30 May 2018 Along Nantucket’s bustling Main Street, shop owners and other residents greet a question about the role of State Police here with a blank stare. Todd Wallack, BostonGlobe.com, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 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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