Stare meaning

stâr
To look at directly and fixedly.

Stared him in the eyes.

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Stare means to look continuously at one point.

An example of stare is to look up at the night sky for a long time.

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An intent gaze.
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A persistent gaze.

The stares of astonished passers-by.

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(obsolete) A starling.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Stare is defined as a fixed gaze that is held for a lengthy amount of time.

An example of stare is the reaction of many people after having seen a horrible accident take place.

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To look directly, fixedly, or vacantly, often with a wide-eyed gaze.
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To gaze or look steadily with eyes wide open, as in fear, admiration, wonder, incomprehension, etc.
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To look fixedly at.

To stare a person up and down.

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To affect in a given way by staring.

To stare someone into confusion.

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The act of staring; steady or vacant look or gaze.
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(intransitive, construed with at) To look fixedly (at something).
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To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, colour, or brilliancy.

Staring windows or colours.

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Mortimer.

Take off all the staring straws and jags in the hive.

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stare in the face
  • To be plainly visible or obvious to (one); force itself on (one's) attention:.
    The money on the table was staring her in the face.
  • To be obvious to (one) though initially overlooked:.
    The explanation had been staring him in the face all along.
  • To be imminent or unavoidable to (one):.
    Bankruptcy now stares us in the face.
  • To be about to experience or undergo (something dire):.
    We are staring bankruptcy in the face.
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stare down
  • To stare back at (another) until the gaze of the one stared at is turned away.
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stare someone in the face
  • To look at someone steadily and intently.
  • To be imminent, pressing, or inescapable.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of stare

  • Middle English staren from Old English starian ster-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English staren, from Old English starian (“to stare"), from Proto-Germanic *starjanÄ…, *staraijanÄ… (“to be fixed, be rigid"), from Proto-Indo-European *stere-, *strÄ“- (“strong, steady"). Cognate with Dutch staren (“to stare"), German starren (“to stare"), Norwegian stare (“to stare"), German starr (“stiff"). More at start.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English

    From Wiktionary