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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GAZE, v.i. [Gr. to be astonished, and Heb. to see or look, that is, to fix the eye or to reach with the eye.]
To fix the eyes and look steadily and earnestly; to look with eagerness or curiosity; as in admiration, astonishment, or in study.
A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind.
Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into
heaven? Acts 1.
GAZE, v.t. To view with fixed attention.
And gazed awhile the ample sky.
[It is little used as a transitive verb.]
GAZE, n. A fixed look; a look of eagerness, wonder or admiration; a continued look of attention.
With secret gaze,
Or open admiration, him behold--
1. The object gazed on; that which causes one to gaze.
Made of my enemies the scorn and gaze.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a long fixed look; "he fixed his paternal gaze on me" [syn: gaze, regard] v
1: look at with fixed eyes; "The students stared at the teacher with amazement" [syn: gaze, stare]

Merriam Webster's

I. intransitive verb (gazed; gazing) Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century to fix the eyes in a steady intent look often with eagerness or studious attention gazer noun II. noun Date: 1566 a fixed intent look

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.intr. (foll. by at, into, on, upon, etc.) look fixedly. --n. a fixed or intent look. Derivatives: gazer n. Etymology: ME: orig. unkn.; cf. obs. gaw GAWK

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Gaze Gaze, v. t. To view with attention; to gaze on . [R.] And gazed a while the ample sky. --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Gaze Gaze, n. 1. A fixed look; a look of eagerness, wonder, or admiration; a continued look of attention. With secret gaze Or open admiration him behold. --Milton. 2. The object gazed on. Made of my enemies the scorn and gaze. --Milton. At gaze (a) (Her.) With the face turned directly to the front; -- said of the figures of the stag, hart, buck, or hind, when borne, in this position, upon an escutcheon. (b) In a position expressing sudden fear or surprise; -- a term used in stag hunting to describe the manner of a stag when he first hears the hounds and gazes round in apprehension of some hidden danger; hence, standing agape; idly or stupidly gazing. I that rather held it better men should perish one by one, Than that earth should stand at gaze like Joshua's moon in Ajalon! --Tennyson.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Gaze Gaze, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gazed; p. pr. & vb. n. Gazing.] [OE. gasen, akin to dial. Sw. gasa, cf. Goth. us-gaisjan to terrify, us-geisnan to be terrified. Cf. Aghast, Ghastly, Ghost, Hesitate.] To fixx the eyes in a steady and earnest look; to look with eagerness or curiosity, as in admiration, astonishment, or with studious attention. Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? --Acts i. 11. Syn: To gape; stare; look. Usage: To Gaze, Gape, Stare. To gaze is to look with fixed and prolonged attention, awakened by excited interest or elevated emotion; to gape is to look fixedly, with open mouth and feelings of ignorant wonder; to stare is to look with the fixedness of insolence or of idiocy. The lover of nature gazes with delight on the beauties of the landscape; the rustic gapes with wonder at the strange sights of a large city; the idiot stares on those around with a vacant look.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(gazes, gazing, gazed) 1. If you gaze at someone or something, you look steadily at them for a long time, for example because you find them attractive or interesting, or because you are thinking about something else. She stood gazing at herself in the mirror... Sitting in his wicker chair, he gazed reflectively at the fire... VERB: V at n, V at n 2. You can talk about someone's gaze as a way of describing how they are looking at something, especially when they are looking steadily at it. (WRITTEN) She felt increasingly uncomfortable under the woman's steady gaze... The interior was shielded from the curious gaze of passersby. N-COUNT: usu sing, usu with poss 3. If someone or something is in the public gaze, they are receiving a lot of attention from the general public. You won't find a couple more in the public gaze than Michael and Lizzie. PHRASE: oft v-link PHR

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. n. Look intently, look long, look fixedly, keep one's look fixed, look long and earnestly. II. n. Intent look, fixed look.

Moby Thesaurus

admire, be amazed, be astonished, be vigilant, be watchful, bedroom eyes, bore, come-hither look, contemplate, crane, crane the neck, evil eye, eye, eyeball, follow, gape, gaup, gawk, gaze at, gaze open-mouthed, glad eye, glare, gloat, glower, glowering look, goggle, have a looksee, hold in view, inspect, keep in sight, keep in view, keep under observation, look, look after, look at, look on, look upon, malocchio, marvel, observe, ogle, peek, peep, peer, penetrating look, reconnoiter, regard, rubberneck, scout, scrutinize, see, spy upon, stand aghast, stand on tiptoe, stare, stare at, stare down, stare hard, stare openmouthed, survey, view, watch, whammy, wonder

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