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  Dictionary Definition of stare

stare
verb ( stared, staring )

-- verb (i)
1. to gaze fixedly, especially with the eyes wide open.
2. to stand out boldly or obtrusively to view.
3. (of hair, feathers, etc.) to stand on end; bristle.
-- verb (t)
4. to stare at.
5. to put, bring, etc., by staring: to stare one out of countenance.
-- noun
6. a staring gaze; a fixed look with the eyes wide open: the banker greeted him with a glassy stare.
-- phrase
7. stare one in the face, a. to be inescapably obvious. b. to be impending and require immediate action.
8. stare someone out, to gaze fixedly at (someone) until they look away.
[ME; OE starian, c. D staren, Icel. stara ]
-- starer, noun