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gaze

[geyz] /geɪz/
verb (used without object), gazed, gazing.
1.
to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.
noun
2.
a steady or intent look.
3.
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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English gasen; compare Norwegian, Swedish (dial.) gasa to look
Related forms
gazeless, adjective
gazer, noun
gazingly, adverb
outgaze, verb (used with object), outgazed, outgazing.
ungazing, adjective
Synonyms
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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Examples from the web for gazed
  • Her face rapt, she gazed at the radar images of storm clouds sweeping through the tristate area.
  • Lizards gazed at us, then skittered into shadowy cracks.
  • Once all five teams had finished cooking, the other students gazed with pride at their plated creations.
  • He walked out to the landing and gazed down at the living room.
  • Lambs and goats gazed through wooden slats onto the sidewalk, where local children fed and petted them.
  • Priests burned offerings at the top of the multilevel platforms, as each layer of society gazed up from its proper elevation.
  • They were down with the romance of it, had read the books and gazed upon the pop stars.
  • She was also a symbol of beauty to all who gazed at her, the inspiration of writers and painters.
  • The robot also gazed at chairs, bowls, and other items on the seafloor.
  • The severed head of a calf gazed up from the doorstep.
British Dictionary definitions for gazed

gaze

/ɡeɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to look long and fixedly, esp in wonder or admiration
noun
2.
a fixed look; stare
Derived Forms
gazer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Swedish dialect gasa to gape at
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Word Origin and History for gazed

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.

n.

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

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gazed in Medicine

gaze (gāz)
n.
The act of looking steadily in one direction for a period of time.


gaze v.
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