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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

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English gasen; compare Norwegian, Swedish (dialect) gasa “to look”

synonym study 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.

Other words from gaze

  • gazeless, adjective
  • gazer, noun
  • gaz·ing·ly, adverb
  • outgaze, verb (used with object), out·gazed, out·gaz·ing.
  • un·gaz·ing, adjective

Words Nearby gaze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gaze in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gaze


/ (ɡeɪz) /

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

  1. a fixed look; stare

Origin of gaze

C14: from Swedish dialect gasa to gape at

Derived forms of gaze

  • gazer, noun

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