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gaze

[geyz]
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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.
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noun
  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.
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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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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for gaze

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  • 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.

    Viviette

    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

gaze

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

Word Origin

C14: from Swedish dialect gasa to gape at
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gaze

v.

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.

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n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gaze in Medicine

gaze

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