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Definition of gaze verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gaze

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɡeɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gaze
BrE BrE//ɡeɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪz//
 
he / she / it gazes
BrE BrE//ˈɡeɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡeɪzɪz//
 
past simple gazed
BrE BrE//ɡeɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪzd//
 
past participle gazed
BrE BrE//ɡeɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪzd//
 
-ing form gazing
BrE BrE//ˈɡeɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡeɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] + adv./prep. to look steadily at somebody/something for a long time, either because you are very interested or surprised, or because you are thinking of something else synonym stare She gazed at him in amazement. He sat for hours just gazing into space. Synonymsstaregaze peer glareThese words all mean to look at somebody/​something for a long time.stare to look at somebody/​something for a long time, especially with surprise or fear, or because you are thinking:I screamed and everyone stared.gaze (rather formal) to look steadily at somebody/​something for a long time, especially with surprise or love, or because you are thinking:We all gazed at Marco in amazement.peer to look closely or carefully at something, especially when you cannot see it clearlyglare to look angrily at somebody/​something for a long time:I looked at her and she glared stonily back.Patterns to stare/​gaze/​peer/​glare at somebody/​something to stare/​gaze/​peer/​glare suspiciously to stare/​gaze/​peer anxiously/​intently to stare/​gaze/​glare wildly/​fiercely Word Origin late Middle English: perhaps related to obsolete gaw ‘to gaze’, from Old Norse ‘heed’.Extra examples Every one gazed at her beautiful jewels. He gazed absently at the passing crowd. He gazed out over the lake. He gazed steadily into the distance. She gazed admiringly up at him. She gazed steadily into his face. They gazed in wonder at the mighty peaks. gazing at her beautiful jewellery He sat for hours just gazing into space. She gazed adoringly into his eyes. We all gazed at Marco in amazement.
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