Definition of gaze in English:



  • no object , with adverbial of direction Look steadily and intently, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought.

    ‘he could only gaze at her in astonishment’
    • ‘In fact, I stopped a couple of times, just standing, head raised, gazing at the sky.’
    • ‘I seem to spend a little time each evening in this lovely summer weather gazing out of my study window.’
    • ‘People milled around, gazing out to sea and watching the waves lapping at the jetty in silent worship.’
    • ‘The boy didn't look up but instead kept on gazing intently at the boring grey material of the driver's seat.’
    • ‘She goes upstairs to the final room, peering in, gazing upon a closet that is taped shut.’
    • ‘We stood there gazing at it, and agreed that it was very beautiful indeed.’
    • ‘We try to ignore it while gazing at the sky, talking of loves lost and spotting slowly gliding aeroplanes.’
    • ‘Imagine her look of horror upon entering the flat as she spins, gazing in horror at shelf after shelf of tiny toy cars.’
    • ‘But after half a dozen of these, the audience were gazing at the stage in confusion.’
    • ‘Should I avoid mirrors, or spend more time gazing in the hope of reconciliation?’
    • ‘He was gazing at me through squinting grey eyes, rather than deep brown orbs.’
    • ‘I had a book with me, but most of the time I spent gazing out of the window, watching California pass by.’
    • ‘A wolf stood at the rim of the hollow, gazing at them intently with golden eyes.’
    • ‘I sat for a fairly long while, gazing out of the window, got bored with that, and went to pull out a few books of poetry.’
    • ‘It was difficult to focus her eyes, but she saw that he was gazing intently into them.’
    • ‘I took my chair to the open corridor and sat there with my book, gazing at the sunset.’
    • ‘Strangely, all the people standing around me on Tuesday were gazing in wonder.’
    • ‘I was gazing at the Ordnance Survey map for the Ripon area and today's route just leapt off the page.’
    • ‘Her eyes were still open and sad, and I thought they were gazing at me from far away.’
    • ‘He gazed steadily at her with a calm and regal expression, his eyes shining softly.’
    stare, look fixedly, look vacantly, look, take a good look, gape, goggle, peer, leer
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  • 1A steady intent look.

    ‘he turned, following her gaze’
    ‘offices screened from the public gaze’
    • ‘The young man followed my gaze then looked at me for a minute as if trying to make up his mind.’
    • ‘The building site at La Scala had been hidden from the public gaze since the renovation work began in January.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Luke and I avert our gazes, looking with studied interest at the fascinating ads above the tube map, opposite.’
    • ‘Only a fortnight ago, they were in a farmhouse on the city outskirts away from the gaze of the public.’
    • ‘Blinded by the sight I tried hard not to stare and fixed my gaze on something out of the window.’
    • ‘When it is forced into the public gaze, we react in a way that shames us.’
    • ‘I followed his gaze to look at a booth with basketball hoops and balls.’
    • ‘I raised my eyebrows at him but he met me with a steady, unperturbed gaze.’
    • ‘More sweat fell down his stubby chin as he tried to avert his eyes away from her steady gaze.’
    • ‘The three boys followed her with their gazes, not looking away until she disappeared from their line of vision as she turned another corner.’
    • ‘The sequence is silent and directs viewers' attention to the intent gazes of museum-goers and the degrees of engagement or distraction.’
    • ‘Following our gazes, he looked at it too and shrugged indifferently.’
    • ‘He just looked at our teacher for a moment, and then held a steady gaze out the window.’
    • ‘Their eyes met for a long moment, both gazes calm and steady.’
    • ‘However this trade still continues away from the public gaze or under another name.’
    • ‘Lately, her steady deep-grey gaze has been held by a new bird feeder in her garden.’
    • ‘When I walk up to the back of a crowd of people his eyes shift to mine and his gaze is steady.’
    • ‘The gaze is steady and there is both a reserve and a frank regard in her eyes.’
    • ‘The same eyes were looking at me, almost burning me with their intent gaze.’
    • ‘The settlement would be reached somewhere away from the public gaze and media glare.’
    stare, fixed look, intent look, gape, eye
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    1. 1.1in 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’
      • ‘There seems to be a female gaze that is pretty much like the male gaze, if you ask me.’
      • ‘His blindness ensures that she does not, once again, become the object of the male gaze.’
      • ‘Being a straight man in gay circles taught him something about what it feels like to be on the other end of the male gaze.’
      • ‘They do not avert their eye coyly or present a subordinate sex symbol image that invites the male gaze.’
      • ‘As a first step, I closely examine the passage, its narrative strategies and the gaze, or rather gazes, that inform it.’


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