From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gaze \Gaze\ (g[=a]z), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gazed (g[=a]zd); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Gazing.] [OE. gasen, akin to dial. Sw. gasa,
   cf. Goth. us-gaisjan to terrify, us-geisnan to be terrified.
   Cf. Aghast, Ghastly, Ghost, Hesitate.]
   To fix the eyes in a steady and earnest look; to look with
   eagerness or curiosity, as in admiration, astonishment, or
   with studious attention.
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         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
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