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Webster 1913 Edition


stare

stare

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
stared
(stârd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
staring
.]
[AS.
starian
; akin to LG. & D.
staren
, OHG.
starēn
, G.
starren
, Icel.
stara
; cf. Icel.
stira
, Dan.
stirre
, Sw.
stirra
, and G.
starr
stiff, rigid, fixed, Gr.
στερεόσ
solid (E.
stereo-
), Skr.
sthira
firm, strong. √166. Cf.
Sterile
.]
1.
To look with fixed eyes wide open, as through fear, wonder, surprise, impudence, etc.; to fasten an earnest and prolonged gaze on some object.
For ever upon the ground I see thee
stare
.
Chaucer.
Look not big, nor stamp, nor
stare
, nor fret.
Shakespeare
2.
To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, color, or brilliancy;
as,
staring
windows or colors
.
3.
To stand out; to project; to bristle.
[Obs.]
Makest my blood cold, and my hair to
stare
.
Shakespeare
Take off all the
staring
straws and jags in the hive.
Mortimer.
Syn. – To gaze; to look earnestly. See
Gaze
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Stare

STARE

,
Noun.
A bird, the starling.

STARE

,
Verb.
I.
The sense then is to open or extend, and it seems to be closely allied to G., stiff, and to starch, stern, which imply straining, tension.]
1.
To gaze; to look with fixed eyes wide open; to fasten an earnest look on some object. Staring is produced by wonder, surprise, stupidity, horror, fright and sometimes by eagerness to hear or learn something, sometimes by impudence. We say, he stared with astonishment.
Look not big, nor stare, nor fret.
2.
To stand out; to be prominent.
Take off all the staring straws and jaggs in the hive. [Not used.]
To stare in the face, to be before the eyes or undeniably evident.
The law stares them int he face, while they are breaking it.

STARE

,
Noun.
A fixed look with eyes wide open.

Definition 2022


Stare

Stare

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German

Noun

Stare

  1. plural of Star: starlings
  2. (archaic) dative singular of Star

stare

stare

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English

Verb

stare (third-person singular simple present stares, present participle staring, simple past and past participle stared)

  1. (intransitive, construed with at) To look fixedly (at something).
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 2
      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
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
      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.
  1. To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, colour, or brilliancy.
    staring windows or colours
  2. (obsolete) To stand out; to project; to bristle.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      Makest my blood cold, and my hair to stare.
    • John Mortimer (1656?-1736)
      Take off all the staring straws and jags in the hive.
Troponyms
  • gaze, to stare intently or earnestly
  • ogle, to stare covetously or amorously
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

stare (plural stares)

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

Etymology 2

Old English

Noun

stare (plural stares)

  1. (obsolete) A starling.

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

stare

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of staren

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Italian

Etymology

From Latin stāre, present active infinitive of stō, from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂-.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈsta.re/, [ˈstaː.re]

Verb

stare

  1. (intransitive) to stay, remain
    stare attenti (a)
    pay attention (to)
  2. (intransitive) to be
  3. (intransitive) to live
    • Mia sorella sta a Roma.
      My sister lives in Rome.
  4. (intransitive, followed by a) to keep, stick
  5. (intransitive, followed by a) to be up to
    • Sta a te decidere.
      It's up to you to decide.
  6. (intransitive, mathematics) to be to
    • 4 sta a 8 come 5 sta a 10.
      4 is to 8 as 5 is to 10.

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Latin

Verb

stāre

  1. present active infinitive of stō

Lower Sorbian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈstarɛ/

Adjective

stare

  1. inflection of stary:
    1. nominative and accusative neuter singular
    2. nominative and accusative plural

Norwegian Nynorsk

Alternative forms

Noun

stare m (definite singular staren, indefinite plural starar, definite plural starane)

  1. a starling (a songbird, Sturnus vulgaris)

Polish

Adjective

stare

  1. Neuter form of stary

Romanian

Etymology

From the verb sta.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -are

Noun

stare f (plural stări)

  1. status, standing, situation, position, condition

Derived terms

  • în stare

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Swedish

Noun

stare c

  1. starling (a bird)

Declension

Inflection of stare 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative stare staren starar stararna
Genitive stares starens starars stararnas

Tarantino

Etymology

From Latin stāre, present active infinitive of stō, from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂-.

Verb

stare

  1. (intransitive) to stay, remain
  2. (intransitive) to be

Conjugation