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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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British Dictionary definitions for at gaze

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 at gaze
gaze
late 14c., of Scand. origin (cf. Norw., Sw. dial. gasa "to gape"), related somehow to O.N. ga "heed." Related: Gazed; gazing.
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at gaze in Medicine

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


gaze v.
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