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Meaning of “stare” in the English Dictionary

"stare" in British English

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stareverb [I or T]

uk   /steər/  us   /ster/
B2 to ​look for a ​longtime with the ​eyeswideopen, ​especially when ​surprised, ​frightened, or ​thinking: Don't stare atpeople like that, it's ​rude. Chuck ​satquietly for ​hours staring into the ​distance, ​thinking of what might have been. During the ​pressconference, each ​boxertried to stare the other down (= ​force the other to ​look away by ​continual staring).

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staring
adjective uk   /ˈsteə.rɪŋ/  us   /ˈster.ɪŋ/
In the ​darkness we could just make out the ​blank staring ​eyes of a ​child.

starenoun [C]

uk   /steər/  us   /ster/
(Definition of stare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stare" in American English

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stareverb [I/T]

 us   /steər/
to ​lookdirectly at someone or something for a ​longtime: [I] Don’t stare at ​people. [M] The ​fighterstried to stare each other down (= ​cause the other to ​turn away).
stare
noun [C]  us   /ster, stær/
She ​tried to ​silence him with a hard stare.
(Definition of stare from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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