See also: Stare and staré

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Etymology 1

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From Middle English staren, from Old English starian (to stare), from Proto-West Germanic *starēn, from Proto-Germanic *starjaną, *starāną (to be fixed, be rigid), from Proto-Indo-European *ster-.

Cognate with Dutch staren (to stare), German starren (to stare), German starr (stiff). More at start.

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

  1. (intransitive, followed by "at") To look fixedly (at something).
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:stare
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], →OCLC:
      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
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, →OCLC; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., [], [1933], →OCLC, page 0016:
      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.
  2. (transitive) To influence in some way by looking fixedly.
    to stare a timid person into submission
  3. (intransitive) To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, colour, or brilliancy.
    staring windows or colours
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To stand out; to project; to bristle.
    • 1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      Makest my blood cold, and my hair to stare.
    • 1707, John Mortimer, The whole Art of Husbandry, in the way of Managing and Improving of Land:
      Take off all the staring straws, twigs and jags in the hive.
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  • gaze, to stare intently or earnestly
  • ogle, to stare covetously or amorously
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Noun

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stare (plural stares)

  1. A persistent gaze.
    the stares of astonished passers-by
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Etymology 2

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From Middle English star, ster, from Old English stær (starling), from Proto-Germanic *starô (starling), from Proto-Indo-European *stor- (starling). Cognate with German Star (starling), Danish stær (starling), Swedish stare (starling), Norwegian Nynorsk stare (starling), Icelandic stari (starling). Compare also Old English stearn (a type of bird, starling).

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stare (plural stares)

  1. (now archaic) A starling. [from 9th c.]
    Synonyms: common starling, European starling
    • 1634, William Wood, “Of the Birds and Fowles both of Land and Water”, in New Englands Prospect. A True, Lively, and Experimentall Description of that Part of America, Commonly Called New England; [], London: [] Tho[mas] Cotes, for Iohn Bellamie, [], →OCLC, 1st part, page 29:
      The Stares be bigger than thoſe in England, as blacke as Crovves, being the most troubleſome, and injurious bird of all others, pulling up the cornes by the roots, vvhen it is young, []

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Dutch

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stare

  1. (dated or formal) singular present subjunctive of staren

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Italian

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From Latin stāre, from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂-. Cognate with Spanish estar and English state.

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stàre (first-person singular present (with syntactic gemination after the verb) stò, first-person singular past historic stétti or (traditional) stètti, past participle stàto, first-person singular future starò, first-person singular subjunctive stìa, first-person singular imperfect subjunctive stéssi, second-person singular imperative stài or stà', auxiliary èssere) (intransitive)

  1. to stay, remain
    Synonyms: restare, rimanere
    stare attenti (a)to pay attention (to)
    (Lui/Lei/Egli/Ella/Esso/Essa) starà a casa.He/She/It will stay/remain at home.
  2. to keep, stick [+ a (object)]
    Synonym: attenersi
  3. (followed by a gerund) to be doing something (present continuous)
    (Io) sto andando.I am going.
    (Io) sto andando via/me ne sto andando.I am leaving.
  4. to be up to [+ a (object)]
    Synonyms: toccare, spettare
    Sta a te decidere.It’s up to you to decide.
  5. to be about to [+ per (object)]
    (Io) sto per andare via.I am about to leave.
  6. (mathematics) to be to [+ a (object)]
    4 sta a 8 come 5 sta a 10.4 is to 8 as 5 is to 10.
  7. (regional) to live
    Synonyms: vivere, abitare
    Mia sorella sta a Roma.My sister lives in Rome.
  8. to be in a certain condition
    Synonym: essere
    come stai (tu)?
    how are you?
    stare a dieta significa ridurre le calorie di ingresso e aumentarne il consumo con il movimento
    being on a diet entails reducing calorie intake and increasing calories burned through exercise

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The second person imperative (sta') has univerbated compound forms:

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  • Sabir: star
  • Esperanto: stari

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Latin

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stāre

  1. present active infinitive of stō

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  • IPA(key): /ˈstarɛ/, [ˈstarə]

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stare

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

Norwegian Nynorsk

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From Old Norse stari.

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

  1. a starling (a songbird, Sturnus vulgaris)
  2. (dialectal, Southern Norway) a thrush

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stare

  1. inflection of stary:
    1. neuter nominative/accusative/vocative singular
    2. nonvirile nominative/accusative/vocative plural

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From sta +‎ -re.

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stare f (plural stări)

  1. status, standing, situation, position, condition
  2. state

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stare

  1. inflection of star:
    1. masculine accusative plural
    2. feminine genitive singular
    3. feminine nominative/accusative/vocative plural

Swedish

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From Old Norse stari, from Proto-Germanic *staraz, from Proto-Indo-European *storo- (starling) or *(s)tern- (starling), same ultimate source as Old Prussian starnite (gull).

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stare c

  1. starling (a bird)

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

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Etymology

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

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stare

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

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