Definition of gaze in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡeɪz/


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
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.
stare, look fixedly, look vacantly, look, take a good look, gape, goggle, peer, leer;
ogle, eye, contemplate, survey, scan, study
informal gawk at, rubberneck at, give something the once-over, get a load of, check out
British informal gawp at
North American informal eyeball
literary behold


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.
stare, fixed look, intent look, gape, eye;
regard, watch, observance, inspection, scrutiny
1.1(In literary theory) a particular perspective considered as embodying certain aspects of the relationship between observer and observed: 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡeɪzə/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with gaze

ablaze, amaze, appraise, baize, Blaise, blaze, braise, broderie anglaise, chaise, craze, daze, écossaise, erase, faze, glaze, graze, Hayes, Hays, haze, laze, liaise, lyonnaise, maize, malaise, Marseillaise, mayonnaise, Mays, maze, phase, phrase, polonaise, praise, prase, raise, raze, upraise

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