- The definition of a gaze is a steady and intense look.
When someone stares at you for a long period of time, the look they are giving you is an example of a gaze.
- To gaze is defined as to stare or look at something with a steady look.
When you stare dreamily into your lover's eyes for long periods of time, this is an example of gaze.
A mother gazes with love at her child.
intransitive verbgazed, gazing
Origin of gazeMiddle English gazen ; from Scandinavian as in Norwegian and amp; Swedish dialect, dialectal gasa, to stare ; from Old Norse gas, goose
intransitive verbgazed gazed, gaz·ing, gaz·es
Origin of gazeMiddle English gasen, probably of Scandinavian origin.
(third-person singular simple present gazes, present participle gazing, simple past and past participle gazed)
- (intransitive) To stare intently or earnestly.
- In fact, for Antonioni this gazing is probably the most fundamental of all cognitive activities ... (from Thinking in the Absence of Image)
- Bible, Acts i. 11
- Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
- (poetic) To stare at.
- 1667: Strait toward Heav'n my wondring Eyes I turnd, / And gaz'd a while the ample Skie — John Milton, Paradise Lost (book VIII)
Akin to Swedish dial. gasa and Gothic (usgasjan, “to terrify”).