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[geyz] /geɪz/
verb (used without object), gazed, gazing.
to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.
a steady or intent look.
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 forms
gazeless, adjective
gazer, noun
gazingly, adverb
outgaze, verb (used with object), outgazed, outgazing.
ungazing, adjective
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As they passed along they saw the prisoners in groups, standing and gazing at them with a stare like that of maniacs.

  • He was gazing at the scene in mingled resentment and consternation.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • With indignation as great the prince was gazing at the blonde secretary; his eyes were filled with amazement.

    Somewhere in France Richard Harding Davis
  • "I would rather go with you, too," she said, gazing up at him.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • The man was leaning forward, gazing into the girl's face, his own countenance fearful to see.

    King Midas Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for gazing


(intransitive) to look long and fixedly, esp in wonder or admiration
a fixed look; stare
Derived Forms
gazer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Swedish dialect gasa to gape at
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Word Origin and History for gazing



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gazing in Medicine

gaze (gāz)
The act of looking steadily in one direction for a period of time.

gaze v.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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