• (GA) IPA: /stɛəɹ/
  • (RP) IPA: /stɛə(ɹ)/

stare (stares, present participle staring; past and past participle stared)

  1. (intransitive, construed with at) To look fixedly (at something).
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:stare
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
      Her sturdy stallion had now unbutton'd, and produced naked, stiff, and erect, that wonderful machine, which I had never seen before, and which, for the interest my own seat of pleasure began to take furiously in it, I star'd at with all the eyes I had
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0016 ↗:
      A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  2. (transitive) To influence in some way by looking fixedly.
    to stare a timid person into submission
  3. (intransitive) To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, colour, or brilliancy.
    staring windows or colours
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To stand out; to project; to bristle.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      Makest my blood cold, and my hair to stare.
    • 1707, John Mortimer (agriculturalist), The whole Art of Husbandry, in the way of Managing and Improving of Land
      Take off all the staring straws, twigs and jags in the hive.
Translations Noun

stare (plural stares)

  1. A persistent gaze.
    the stares of astonished passers-by

stare (plural stares)

  1. (now, archaic) A starling. [from 9th c.]
    • 1634, William Wood, New Englands Prospect, I:
      The Stares be bigger than thoſe in England, as blacke as Crowes, being the most troubleſome, and injurious bird of all others […].

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