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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 gaze
  • gaze at something long enough and deeply enough and you are almost certain to find things you didn't expect.
  • Her gaze returns: she looks at it for twice as long as she did at the previous card.
  • If you keep your gaze fixed, others will instinctively get out of the way.
  • And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
  • It's the desperate, fixed gaze that makes it truly terrifying.
  • All the while the world's gaze is squarely fixed on the matches and the festival atmosphere in the stands.
  • And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
  • Colleges avert gaze from students' posts on social-network sites.
  • It is also an example of what seems to be a primal human interaction-the mutual direction of gaze.
  • In fact, it was me who was intimidated by her movement and her penetrating gaze.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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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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