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noun [singular] gaze pronunciation in British English /ɡeɪz/
  1. someone’s way of looking at someone or something

    As he spoke, his gaze remained fixed on the letter in his hand.

    Under his accusing gaze we both blushed.

    hold someone’s gaze (=continue looking at someone who is looking at you):

    She looked away, unable to hold my gaze.

    meet someone’s gaze (=look directly at someone who is looking at you):

    I tried to catch his eye, but he refused to meet my gaze.

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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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