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

Their reward was noted by assistant coach Nino Pinocchio, who directed the team to stare into the stands. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Paradise football brings smiles and tears in first game since Camp fire," 25 Aug. 2019 Her figures are obscured or stare into the distance. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Latina artists in Dallas showcase 'were told ‘no,’ and they triumphed anyway’," 25 July 2019 Petit mal or absence seizures cause someone to stare into space or blink rapidly. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Disney Star Cameron Boyce, 20, Died After Having a Seizure in His Sleep—Reportedly Due to Epilepsy," 8 July 2019 No longer does a worker have to stare at a set of instructions and figure out what goes where—the projectors beam that data directly onto the workspace itself. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Even Building the F-35 Is a High-Tech Process," 3 July 2019 Although people may stare or ask questions, Tidd said Pickett’s self-assuredness gives Joseph’s sisters confidence in their brother. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "A boy with one hand met a soccer player with the same limb difference, and the photo went viral," 24 July 2019 The lions must adjust to looking so directly at people — and having people stare eye-to-eye back at them. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "'Look how close he is!' Maryland Zoo celebrates opening of revamped African Journey exhibits," 22 June 2019 At one point, Cyrus looked back at Hemsworth just to stare at him. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Were the Real Heroes at Last Night's Avengers Premiere," 23 Apr. 2019 Their customers’ children stare longingly at the snack aisle. The Economist, "How to eat well while living under siege," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, after Vincent’s booking photo was published last week — featuring a wide-eyed smirk and stare — the Brannan Street victim contacted police. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Twist in SF Embarcadero attack: Suspect to surrender in earlier case, involving knife and threats," 19 Aug. 2019 Despite stares and catcalls on the street, Anna is excited to use clothes as a method of empowerment. Hayley Krischer, New York Times, "Beyond Androgyny: Nonbinary Teenage Fashion," 14 Aug. 2019 Such long stares were beneficial for its primary planet-finding technique, known as the transit method, which detects worlds by watching for dips in a star’s light caused by an orbiting planet’s passage in front of it. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "One Search to (Almost) Rule Them All: Hundreds of Hidden Planets Found in Kepler Data," 2 Aug. 2019 The preachers and buskers and rappers and guys in superhero costumes go elsewhere: this is a quiet plaza, its quiet enforced by its occupants, using the power of the New York stare that can stifle interruptions and kill small flowering plants. Garrison Keillor, Harper's magazine, "Hurrah for the Plaza," 22 July 2019 While most kids nod off in church or stare at the ceiling on field trips, Gauff would take notes. Sean Gregory, Time, "For Teen Tennis Phenom Coco Gauff, Wimbledon Is Just the Beginning," 22 Aug. 2019 The photo captures a young woman in a fitted Peter-Pan collar top and pencil skirt, kneeling on the floor and staring into the camera, while a dark-haired man in a spiffy tie and shirt stares at her. Tresa Baldas, USA TODAY, "80-year-old woman lived in filth. Nobody knew until she was found dead, eaten by her dog.," 1 Aug. 2019 Beside him, his wife Surinder Kaur cradles a photo of Gurupreet and stares at the ground. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "This 6-year-old from India died in the Arizona desert. She loved dancing and dreamed of meeting her dad," 12 July 2019 Close the doors, and, facing the corner, stare at the gap. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Repairing a kitchen cabinet hinge can be a complex operation," 9 July 2019

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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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