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What is a verb meaning "to look at affectionately" in a way that is distinctly visible in the subject's facial expression? For example in

Alice beams at Bob.

the action is visually and emotionally evocative. (However I think "beams at" mostly connotes approval.) Also, this should be appropriate for a parent-child relationship.

  • After reading more about ELL, I think this should be moved to English SE. – Andy Lee Sep 7 '15 at 21:23
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    Andy: As you wish.... – J.R. Sep 7 '15 at 22:53
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    "To gaze benevolently or lovingly" ? – Graffito Sep 8 '15 at 0:02
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    I was looking for a single word. Perhaps "gaze" is the closest in all of English. – Andy Lee Sep 8 '15 at 2:30
  • "Gazed upon" could definitely work. It seems to convey a measure of adoration or reverence, particularly if you attach some appropriate adjective to the object of the gaze. I.e., "gazed upon his heroic visage" or some such. – Mike Sep 11 '15 at 17:49
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Gaze means "to look steadily, intently, and with fixed attention."1

In one sense, it is a term popularized by psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan for the anxious state that comes with the awareness that one can be viewed. The psychological effect, Lacan argues, is that the subject loses a degree of autonomy upon realizing that he or she is a visible object.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaze

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I would go for the word DOTE usually followed by the preposition on/upon to mean " shower some one with love and excessive affection."

It is the German origin and excessive fondness which go to mean " act in a foolish manner" as King Lear's 'senile dotage'— the other meaning of 'dote'. However the word is often used without the foolish overtone.

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Some alternatives:

moon over
to spend time thinking about someone who you are attracted to instead of doing anything useful
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/dictionary/american/moon-over

admire
to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/admire

idolize
to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/idolize

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