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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gaze v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gazed p. pr. & vb. n. Gazing.]  To fix the eyes in a steady and earnest look; to look with eagerness or curiosity, as in admiration, astonishment, or with studious attention.
    Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?   --Acts i. 11.
 Syn: -- To gape; stare; look.
 Usage: -- To Gaze, Gape, Stare. To gaze is to look with fixed and prolonged attention, awakened by excited interest or elevated emotion; to gape is to look fixedly, with open mouth and feelings of ignorant wonder; to stare is to look with the fixedness of insolence or of idiocy. The lover of nature gazes with delight on the beauties of the landscape; the rustic gapes with wonder at the strange sights of a large city; the idiot stares on those around with a vacant look.