verb (used without object), gazed, gaz·ing.

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 formsgaze·less, adjectivegaz·er, noungaz·ing·ly, adverbout·gaze, verb (used with object), out·gazed, out·gaz·ing.un·gaz·ing, adjective

Synonyms for gaze

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gaze

Contemporary Examples of gaze

Historical Examples of gaze

  • If they tremble down the fine-skinned cheek, let us avert our gaze.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He looked at her haggardly, and she met his gaze with kind eyes in which there was no mockery.


    William J. Locke

  • To gaze at me the field-workers suspend the magnificent lethargy of their labors.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • His gaze, however, though not its direction, was still to the infinite.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Sometimes it seems to me a pity that hearts are not laid bare to the gaze of others.

British Dictionary definitions for gaze



(intr) to look long and fixedly, esp in wonder or admiration


a fixed look; stare
Derived Formsgazer, noun

Word Origin for gaze

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

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

gaze in Medicine




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