star·​gaze ˈstär-ˌgāz How to pronounce stargaze (audio)
stargazed; stargazing; stargazes

intransitive verb

: to gaze at stars
: to gaze raptly or contemplatively

Examples of stargaze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2024, go stargazing in Yorkshire’s national parks at the magical Dark Skies Festival. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 In the autumn of 2020, while stargazing on his balcony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Teju Cole was inspired to start taking photos of his kitchen counter. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 That’s a big deal because the city’s policies on limiting light pollution have many benefits including improving human health, protecting sensitive wildlife and ecosystems, and maintaining clear skies for stargazing and studying the universe. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 Outside, a series of decks, one with a hot tub, includes plenty of room for staring out over the ocean and for stargazing on clear evenings. Mark David, Robb Report, 29 Sep. 2023 Oh, and it's located in the darkest part of the park, according to the National Park Service, so leave the rain fly off your tent to stargaze in bed. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2023 Here guests can stargaze, learn the secrets of barbecue, canoe on a 100-acre lake, or unwind with a massage after a horseback ride or day on one of the two championship golf courses. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 My favorite part is the mesh upper, which is great for stargazing on clear nights. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 30 Aug. 2023 But, due in part to light pollution and smoke from Canadian wildfires exacerbated by climate change, stargazing in the Chicago area is in danger. Rebecca Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


back-formation from stargazer

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of stargaze was in 1639

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Cite this Entry

“Stargaze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


star·​gaze -ˌgāz How to pronounce stargaze (audio)
stargazed; stargazing
: to gaze at stars
: to stare absentmindedly : daydream
stargazer noun

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