January 09, 2019
gaze (verb)
\GAYZ\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to fix the eyes in a steady intent look
How do you use it?
"She gazed intently at the point of land that jutted out into the pond near the nest. With her sharp eyes, she searched the nearby shore for signs of an intruder." (E. B. White, _The Trumpet of the Swan_)
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following words is closest in meaning to "gaze"?

If answer A looked good to you, you chose the right answer. Many words mean "to look at something for a long time," but all of those words have something unique about them. To suggest that someone looks steadily at something in wonder, admiration, or absentmindedness, use "gaze" (as in, "she gazed at the moon"). Use "stare" to suggest a wide-eyed, often curious, rude, or vacant gaze (as in, "he sat staring at the computer screen"). If you want to suggest a fierce or angry stare, use "glare" (as in, "Marco glared at Nina when she told on him").
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