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[geyz] /geɪz/
verb (used without object), gazed, gazing.
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 forms
gazeless, adjective
gazer, noun
gazingly, adverb
outgaze, verb (used with object), outgazed, outgazing.
ungazing, adjective
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
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  • Hawk Eye climbed down the rock and gazed silently at the huge body.

    Hawk Eye David Cory
  • He gazed on the bright landscape, as if it had been the countenance of a friend.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Thus assured, the whole of the party stood still and gazed upward.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • But Antonio gazed all the more intently at him, saying, "Be still, be still!"

British Dictionary definitions for gazed


(intransitive) to look long and fixedly, esp in wonder or admiration
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



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.).

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gazed in Medicine

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

gaze v.
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