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stare

[stair] /stɛər/
verb (used without object), stared, staring.
1.
to gaze fixedly and intently, especially with the eyes wide open.
2.
to be boldly or obtrusively conspicuous:
The bright modern painting stares out at you in the otherwise conservative gallery.
3.
(of hair, feathers, etc.) to stand on end; bristle.
verb (used with object), stared, staring.
4.
to stare at:
to stare a person up and down.
5.
to effect or have a certain effect on by staring:
to stare one out of countenance.
noun
6.
a staring gaze; a fixed look with the eyes wide open:
The banker greeted him with a glassy stare.
Verb phrases
7.
stare down, to cause to become uncomfortable by gazing steadily at one; overcome by staring:
A nonsmoker at the next table tried to stare me down.
Idioms
8.
stare one in the face, to be urgent or impending; confront:
The income-tax deadline is staring us in the face.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English staren, Old English starian; cognate with Dutch staren, German starren, Old Norse stara; akin to stark, starve
Related forms
starer, noun
staringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See gaze.
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Examples from the web for stared
  • Five stared, barked at us, and disappeared into the burrow.
  • The villagers stared at the remains and wondered what to do.
  • It stared at me for a moment, then stuck out a long, forked tongue.
  • The sheikh sighed and stared out toward the never ending dunes.
  • The night before one of the females came right up to the car and stared up intently at all of us in the car.
  • She simply stared at the floor, did not interact with humans or dogs.
  • She cried and was angry and threatened, but he only stared at her and went his own way.
  • He stared after her in a turmoil of contradictory feelings.
  • We sat and stared at the vacant table for a minute or so.
  • One of them stared at the notes he was reading, exposing the top of his head to the television cameras.
British Dictionary definitions for stared

stare1

/stɛə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by at. to look or gaze fixedly, often with hostility or rudeness
2.
(intransitive) (of an animal's fur, bird's feathers, etc) to stand on end because of fear, ill health, etc
3.
(intransitive) to stand out as obvious; glare
4.
stare one in the face, to be glaringly obvious or imminent
noun
5.
the act or an instance of staring
Derived Forms
starer, noun
Word Origin
Old English starian; related to Old Norse stara, Old High German starēn to stare, Greek stereos stiff, Latin consternāre to confuse

stare2

/stɛə/
noun
1.
(dialect) a starling
Word Origin
Old English stær
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Word Origin and History for stared

stare

v.

Old English starian "to look fixedly at," from Proto-Germanic *star- "be rigid" (cf. Old Norse stara, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch staren, Old High German staren, German starren "to stare at;" German starren "to stiffen," starr "stiff;" Old Norse storr "proud;" Old High German storren "to stand out, project;" Gothic andstaurran "to be obstinate"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (cf. Lithuanian storas "thick," stregti "to become frozen;" Sanskrit sthirah "hard, firm;" Persian suturg "strong;" Old Church Slavonic staru "old;" cf. sterile and torpor). Not originally implying rudeness. Related: Stared; staring.

n.

"starling," from Old English (see starling).

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