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verb (used without object), gazed, gaz·ing.
  1. to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.
  1. a steady or intent look.
  2. at gaze, Heraldry. (of a deer or deerlike animal) represented as seen from the side with the head looking toward the spectator: a stag at gaze.

Origin of gaze

1350–1400; Middle English gasen; compare Norwegian, Swedish (dial.) gasa to look
Related formsgaze·less, adjectivegaz·er, noungaz·ing·ly, adverbout·gaze, verb (used with object), out·gazed, out·gaz·ing.un·gaz·ing, adjective


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1. Gaze, stare, gape suggest looking fixedly at something. To gaze is to look steadily and intently at something, especially at that which excites admiration, curiosity, or interest: to gaze at scenery, at a scientific experiment. To stare is to gaze with eyes wide open, as from surprise, wonder, alarm, stupidity, or impertinence: to stare unbelievingly or rudely. Gape is a word with uncomplimentary connotations; it suggests open-mouthed, often ignorant or rustic wonderment or curiosity: to gape at a tall building or a circus parade.
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  • The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • He gazed on the bright landscape, as if it had been the countenance of a friend.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • She gazed on his features as he slept; and was left to sorrow alone.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The wayfarers all gazed in the utmost astonishment at the interruption.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Gilder settled himself again in his chair, and gazed benignantly on his son.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for gazed


  1. (intr) to look long and fixedly, esp in wonder or admiration
  1. a fixed look; stare
Derived Formsgazer, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Swedish dialect gasa to gape at
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Word Origin and History for gazed



late 14c., probably of Scandinavian origin (cf. Norwegian, Swedish dialectal gasa "to gape"), perhaps related somehow to Old Norse ga "heed" (see gawk). Related: Gazed; gazing.



1540s, "thing stared at;" 1560s as "long look," from gaze (v.).

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gazed in Medicine


  1. The act of looking steadily in one direction for a period of time.
Related formsgaze v.
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