[usually singular] a long steady look at somebody/something He met her gaze (= looked at her while she looked at him). She dropped her gaze (= stopped looking). In his last years, he lived almost entirely secluded from the public gaze (= away from public attention). Synonymslookglance gaze stare glimpse glareThese are all words for an act of looking, when you turn your eyes in a particular direction.look an act of looking at somebody/something:Here, have a look at this.glance a quick look:She stole a glance at her watch.gaze a long steady look at somebody/something:She felt embarrassed under his steady gaze.stare a long look at somebody/something, especially in a way that is unfriendly or that shows surprise:She gave the officer a blank stare and shrugged her shoulders.glimpse a look at somebody/something for a very short time, when you do not see the person or thing completely:He caught a glimpse of her in the crowd.glare a long angry look at somebody/something:She fixed her questioner with a hostile glare.Patterns a look/glance at somebody/something a penetrating/piercing look/glance/gaze/stare a long look/glance/stare a brief look/glance/glimpse to have/get/take a look/glance/glimpse to avoid somebody’s glance/gaze/stare Word Origin late Middle English: perhaps related to obsolete gaw
‘to gaze’, from Old Norse gá ‘heed’.Extra examples He blushed under her angry gaze. He turned his gaze on me. Her gaze fell on Kate’s tousled hair. Her gaze fixed on his and held it unblinkingly. Her gaze followed Simon’s through the archway. His deep blue gaze held hers. His gaze flickered an instant. His gaze flickered over the room. His gaze locked with hers. I followed her gaze and spotted a lion on the horizon. I followed her gaze and spotted a new arrival at the far side of the room. Pop stars are constantly exposed to the public gaze. Rebecca’s gaze rested on the child thoughtfully. She avoided his gaze. She deliberately averted her gaze when he came in. She felt embarrassed under his steady gaze. She fixed him with a level gaze. She refused to meet my gaze. The dark gaze narrowed. They fixed their gaze on the dark line of the coast ahead. In his last years, he lived almost entirely secluded from the public gaze. She dropped her gaze.