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

 

peer

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɪr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they peer
BrE BrE//pɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɪr//
 
he / she / it peers
BrE BrE//pɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɪrz//
 
past simple peered
BrE BrE//pɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɪrd//
 
past participle peered
BrE BrE//pɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɪrd//
 
-ing form peering
BrE BrE//ˈpɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪrɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) 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. 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 Originverb late 16th cent.: perhaps a variant of dialect pire or perhaps partly from a shortening of appear.Extra examples A face was peering down at him. He peered into the darkness. His pale blue eyes peered anxiously at Vic. I peered through the letter box. She peered around the corner. She peered out of the window. She peered round into the farmyard. She tried to peer over her shoulder. peering short-sightedly at the book
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