Definition of gaze in English:

gaze

Syllabification: gaze
Pronunciation: /gāz
 
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verb

[no object]
Look steadily and intently, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought: he could only gaze at her in astonishment
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  • The boy didn't look up but instead kept on gazing intently at the boring grey material of the driver's seat.
  • A wolf stood at the rim of the hollow, gazing at them intently with golden eyes.
  • It was difficult to focus her eyes, but she saw that he was gazing intently into them.
Synonyms
stare at, look fixedly at, gape at, goggle at, eye, look at, study, scrutinize, take a good look at; ogle, leer at
informal gawk at, rubberneck, eyeball

noun

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1A steady intent look: he turned, following her gaze offices screened from the public gaze
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  • The sequence is silent and directs viewers' attention to the intent gazes of museum-goers and the degrees of engagement or distraction.
  • The gaze is steady and there is both a reserve and a frank regard in her eyes.
  • When I walk up to the back of a crowd of people his eyes shift to mine and his gaze is steady.
Synonyms
stare, fixed look, gape; regard, inspection, scrutiny; thousand-yard stare
1.1 [in singular] (In literary theory) a particular perspective taken to embody certain aspects of the relationship between observer and observed, especially as reflected in the way in which an author or film director (unconsciously or otherwise) directs attention: the male gaze
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  • His blindness ensures that she does not, once again, become the object of the male gaze.
  • There seems to be a female gaze that is pretty much like the male gaze, if you ask me.
  • As a first step, I closely examine the passage, its narrative strategies and the gaze, or rather gazes, that inform it.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps related to obsolete gaw (see gawk).

Derivatives

gazer

noun
More example sentences
  • Turning the gaze onto the gazers, a group left unstudied in the majority of literature on sex work, she unpacks how trips to the strip club are closely linked with discourses about sexuality, consumption and masculinity.
  • The group of chess lovers is often clamorous, but always concentrating, with more gazers and supporters than real players, each viewer a potential undercover chess player.
  • If the conditions and western horizon are clear, the sky gazers could easily watch the event with naked eye till about 7.45 p.m., he says.

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