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 gazing

Contemporary Examples of gazing

Historical Examples of gazing

  • How carefully I packed my pipe, gazing serenely over the roofs of Paris.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • She lay awake, gazing into the scented darkness, her arms under her head.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • They gazed reverently into his face, as if they had been gazing at the sky.

    The Miraculous Pitcher

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • An Indian, half hidden in the dusky shade, is gazing and wondering too.

    Main Street

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But he still remained in the room, gazing blindly at his brother.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for gazing



(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 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

gazing in Medicine




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