stare

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
  1. verb
    look at with fixed eyes
    “The students stared at the teacher with amazement”
    synonyms: gaze
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    types:
    outface, outstare, stare down
    overcome or cause to waver or submit by (or as if by) staring
    stargaze
    observe the stars
    type of:
    look
    perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
  2. verb
    fixate one's eyes
    “The ancestor in the painting is staring down menacingly”
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    types:
    glare, glower
    look at with a fixed gaze
    type of:
    look
    perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
  3. noun
    a fixed look with eyes open wide
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    gaze, regard
    a long fixed look
    glare, glower
    an angry stare
    contemplation
    a long and thoughtful observation
    gape
    a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
    type of:
    look, looking, looking at
    the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
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