To stare is to fix your eyes on a subject. As hard as it might be to resist looking at them for long periods of time, it's not polite to stare at celebrities.

The noun stare is a certain kind of gaze — a long, intense one. The verb to stare is the act of staring, of locking one's eyes somewhere. When one stares at something, one looks at it for a long period of time, often with great intensity and without blinking. That's why one loses a staring contest when one blinks. Try not to stare at people when they're eating. It's rude! A stare is usually more intense and creepier than a gaze.

Definitions of stare

v look at with fixed eyes

“The students stared at the teacher with amazement”
outface, outstare, stare down
overcome or cause to waver or submit by (or as if by) staring
observe the stars
Type of:
perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards

v fixate one's eyes

“The ancestor in the painting is staring down menacingly”
glare, glower
look at with a fixed gaze
Type of:
perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards

n a fixed look with eyes open wide

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gaze, regard
a long fixed look
glare, glower
an angry stare
a long and thoughtful observation
a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
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look, looking, looking at
the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

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