[ geyz ]
/ geɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. gazabo,
  2. gazang,
  3. gazania,
  4. gazankulu,
  5. gazar,
  6. gaze nystagmus,
  7. gazebo,
  8. gazehound,
  9. gazelle,
  10. gazer

Origin of gaze

1350–1400; Middle English gasen; compare Norwegian, Swedish (dial.) gasa to look

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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British Dictionary definitions for gaze


/ (ɡeɪz) /


(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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Medicine definitions for gaze


[ gāz ]


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

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