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Definition of peer verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

peer

 verb
verb
NAmE//pɪr//
 
[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they peer
 
he / she / it peers
 
past simple peered
 
-ing form peering
 
 
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to look closely or carefully at something, especially when you cannot see it clearly We peered into the shadows. He went to the window and peered out. She kept peering over her shoulder. He peered closely at the photograph. Thesaurusstaregaze peer glareThese words all mean to look at someone or something for a long time.stare to look at someone or something for a long time, especially with surprise or fear, or because you are thinking:I stared at the picture in shock.gaze (somewhat formal) to look steadily at someone or something for a long time, especially with surprise or love, or because you are thinking:She gazed at Marco with affection.peer to look closely or carefully at someone or something, especially when you cannot see them/it clearly:He peered at me over the top of his glasses.glare to look angrily at someone or something for a long time:I looked at her and she glared back.Patterns to stare/gaze/peer/glare at somebody/something to stare/peer/glare suspiciously to stare/peer anxiously/intently to stare/glare wildly/fiercely
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