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gaze (v.)

late 14c., gasen, gazen, "to stare, look steadily and intently," probably of Scandinavian origin (compare Norwegian, Swedish dialectal gasa "to gape"), perhaps related somehow to Old Norse ga "heed" (see gawk). Related: Gazed; gazing; gazer; gazee; gazeful; gazement.

gaze (n.)

1540s, "thing stared at;" 1560s as "long look," from gaze (v.). Gaze-hound (1560s) was an old name for a dog that follows prey by sight, not scent.

updated on February 24, 2015

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Definitions of gaze from WordNet
1
gaze (v.)
look at with fixed eyes;
Synonyms: stare
2
gaze (n.)
a long fixed look;
he fixed his paternal gaze on me
Synonyms: regard
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