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Inflections of 'eye' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
eyes
v 3rd person singular
eyeing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
eyed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
eyed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
eye /aɪ/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  eyed, ey•ing or eye•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. Anatomythe organ of sight;
    in animals with backbones, one of a pair of rounded bodies in the skull with muscles and nerves.
  2. [usually: singular] sight;
    vision: The marksman had a sharp eye.
  3. [usually: singular] the power of seeing and appreciating something through vision: an artistic eye.
  4. a look, glance, or gaze: to cast one's eye upon a scene.
  5. an attentive look;
    observation: under the watchful eyes of the guards.
  6. point of view;
    intention: through the eyes of a ten-year-old.
  7. judgment;
    opinion: innocent in the eyes of the law.
  8. Clothingsomething suggesting the eye in appearance, as the opening in the lens of a camera or a hole in a needle.

v. [+ object]
  1. to look at;
    view;
    watch:eyed the strangers with suspicion.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsbe all eyes, to be extremely attentive;
    to pay great attention:She was all eyes as the magician began his act.
  2. Idiomscatch someone's eye, to attract someone's attention:She caught my eye as I moved toward the door.
  3. Idiomshave an eye for, [+ object] have good judgment about or appreciation for:He has an eye for bargains.
  4. Idiomshave eyes for, [have + -s + for + object] to be attracted to:She only has eyes for you.
  5. Idiomskeep one's eyes open, [no object] to be especially alert or observant:The guards were told to keep their eyes open for a possible escape.
  6. Idiomsmake eyes at, [make + ~-s + at + object] to glance at in a flirting way;
    ogle.
  7. Idiomssee eye to eye, to agree:We finally see eye to eye after our misunderstanding.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
eye  (ī),USA pronunciation n., pl.  eyes,  (Archaic) ey•en  or eyne;
 v.,  eyed, ey•ing  or eye•ing. 

n. 
  1. Anatomythe organ of sight, in vertebrates typically one of a pair of spherical bodies contained in an orbit of the skull and in humans appearing externally as a dense, white, curved membrane, or sclera, surrounding a circular, colored portion, or iris, that is covered by a clear, curved membrane, or cornea, and in the center of which is an opening, or pupil, through which light passes to the retina.
  2. Anatomythe aggregate of structures situated within or near the orbit that assist, support, or protect the eye.
  3. Anatomythis organ with respect to the color of the iris:blue eyes.
  4. Anatomythe region surrounding the eye:a black eye; puffy eyes.
  5. sight;
    vision:a sharp eye.
  6. the power of seeing;
    appreciative or discriminating visual perception:the eye of an artist.
  7. a look, glance, or gaze:to cast one's eye at a beautiful necklace.
  8. an attentive look, close observation, or watch:to be under the eye of a guard.
  9. regard, view, aim, or intention:to have an eye to one's own advantage.
  10. a manner or way of looking at a thing;
    estimation;
    opinion:in the eyes of the law.
  11. a center of light, intelligence, influence, etc.
  12. Clothingsomething resembling or suggesting the eye in appearance, shape, etc., as the opening in the lens of a camera, a peephole, or a buttonhole.
  13. [Bot.]
    • Botanythe bud of a potato, Jerusalem artichoke, etc.
    • Botanya small, contrastingly colored part at the center of a flower.
  14. Sportthe central spot of a target;
    bull's-eye.
  15. Fooda choice center cut of meat:an eye of round; the eye of the rib.
  16. Birdsone of the round spots on the tail feathers of a peacock.
  17. Clothingthe hole in a needle.
  18. a hole made in a thing for the insertion of some object, as the handle of a tool:the eye of an ax.
  19. a metal or other ring through which something, as a rope or rod, is passed.
  20. Clothingthe loop into which a hook is inserted.
  21. Electronicsa photoelectric cell or similar device used to perform a function analogous to visual inspection.
  22. Buildinga ring on the end of a tension member, as an eye bar or eye bolt, for connection with another member.
  23. Fooda hole formed during the maturation of cheese, esp. Emmenthaler or Gruyère.
  24. Textilesa loop worked at the end of a rope.
  25. Meteorologythe approximately circular region of relatively light winds and fair weather found at the center of a severe tropical cyclone.
  26. Nautical, Naval Termseyes, the extreme forward part of the upper deck at the bow of a vessel.
  27. Nautical, Naval Terms, Meteorologythe precise direction from which a wind is blowing.
  28. Idiomsan eye for an eye, repayment in kind, as revenge for an injustice.
  29. Idiomsbe all eyes, to give all one's attention to something;
    look intently.
  30. Idiomscatch someone's eye, to draw or attract someone's attention:to catch the waiter's eye.
  31. Idiomsgive (someone) the eye, [Informal.]to look fixedly at (another person), esp. with obvious admiration;
    ogle:She ignored the men who were giving her the eye.
  32. Idiomshave an eye for, to have the ability to appreciate distinctions in;
    be discerning or perceptive about:She has an eye for antique furniture.
  33. Idiomshave eyes only for: 
    • to want no other person or thing but:She was always surrounded by admirers, but she had eyes only for Harry.
    • to see, or view, or desire to see only. Also,  only have eyes for. 
  34. in a pig's eye, [Slang.]absolutely notnb;
    dw d never:In a pig's eye I will!
  35. Idiomskeep an eye on, to watch over attentively:Please keep an eye on my plants while I'm away.
  36. Idiomskeep an eye out for, to be vigilant in looking or watching for:The announcer told his listeners to keep an eye out for the escaped criminal.
  37. Idiomskeep one's eye on the ball, to remain attentive;
    be especially alert.
  38. Idiomskeep one's eyes open, to be especially alert or observant.
  39. lay, clap, or  set eyes on, [Informal.]to catch sight of;
    see:They had never laid eyes on such a big car before.
  40. Idiomsmake eyes at, to gaze flirtatiously or amorously at.
  41. my eye! [Informal.](a mild exclamation of contradiction or surprise):He says he wasn't told about this? My eye!
  42. Idiomsopen one's eyes, to bring someone to a realization of the truth or of something previously unknown:A trip through Asia opened his eyes to the conditions under which millions had to live.
  43. British Terms, Idiomspick the eyes out, [Australia and New Zealand.]to select the best parts or items.
  44. Idiomsrun one's eye over, to glance briefly at;
    examine hastily.
  45. Idiomssee eye to eye, to have exactly the same opinion;
    agree:They have never been able to see eye to eye on politics.
  46. Idiomssee with half an eye, to see or realize immediately or with ease:Anyone can see with half an eye that the plan is doomed to fail.
  47. Idiomsshut one's eyes to, to refuse to see or consider;
    disregard:We can no longer shut our eyes to the gravity of the situation.
  48. Idiomssight for sore eyes, a welcome sight;
    a pleasant surprise:After our many days in the desert, the wretched village was a sight for sore eyes.
  49. Idiomswith an eye to, with a plan or purpose of:with an eye to one's future.
  50. Idiomswith one's eyes open, aware of the inherent or potential risks:She signed the papers with her eyes open.

v.t. 
  1. to fix the eyes upon;
    view:to eye the wonders of nature.
  2. to observe or watch narrowly:She eyed the two strangers with suspicion.
  3. to make an eye in:to eye a needle.

v.i. 
  1. [Obs.]to appear to the eye.
eyea•ble, adj. 
eyelike′, adj. 
eyer, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English eie, ie, Old English ēge, variant of ēage; cognate with German Auge; akin to Latin oculus, Greek ó̄ps, Sanskrit akṣi

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
eye // n
  1. the organ of sight of animals, containing light-sensitive cells associated with nerve fibres, so that light entering the eye is converted to nervous impulses that reach the brain. In man and other vertebrates the iris controls the amount of light entering the eye and the lens focuses the light onto the retina
  2. (often plural) the ability to see; sense of vision
  3. the visible external part of an eye, often including the area around it
  4. a look, glance, expression, or gaze
  5. a sexually inviting or provocative look (esp in the phrases give (someone) the (glad) eye, make eyes at)
  6. attention or observation (often in the phrases catch someone's eye, keep an eye on, cast an eye over)
  7. ability to recognize, judge, or appreciate
  8. (often plural) opinion, judgment, point of view, or authority: in the eyes of the law
  9. a structure or marking having the appearance of an eye, such as the bud on a twig or potato tuber or a spot on a butterfly wing
  10. a small loop or hole, as at one end of a needle
  11. a small area of low pressure and calm in the centre of a tornado or cyclone
  12. all eyesinformal acutely vigilant or observant
  13. my eye, all my eyeinformal rubbish; nonsense
  14. an eye for an eyeretributive or vengeful justice; retaliation
  15. eyes outNZ with every possible effort
  16. get one's eye inchiefly to become accustomed to the conditions, light, etc, with a consequent improvement in one's performance
  17. half an eyea modicum of perceptiveness
  18. have eyes forto be interested in
  19. in one's mind's eyepictured within the mind; imagined or remembered vividly
  20. in the public eyeexposed to public curiosity or publicity
  21. keep an eye open, keep an eye outto watch with special attention (for)
  22. keep one's eyes peeled, keep one's eyes skinnedto watch vigilantly (for)
  23. look someone in the eyeto look at someone openly and without shame or embarrassment
  24. make eyes, make sheep's eyesold-fashioned to ogle amorously
  25. more than meets the eyehidden motives, meaning, or facts
  26. see eye to eyeto agree (with)
  27. set eyes on, lay eyes on, clap eyes on ⇒ (usually used with a negative) to see
  28. turn a blind eye to, close one's eyes toto pretend not to notice or ignore deliberately
  29. up to one's eyesextremely busy (with)
  30. with an eye to, having an eye to ⇒ (preposition) regarding; with reference to
  31. with the intention or purpose of
  32. with one's eyes openin the full knowledge of all relevant facts
  33. with one's eyes shutwith great ease, esp as a result of thorough familiarity
  34. without being aware of all the facts
vb (eyes, eyeing, eying, eyed)(transitive)
  1. to look at carefully or warily
  2. Also: eye up to look at in a manner indicating sexual interest; ogle
Etymology: Old English ēage; related to Old Norse auga, Old High German ouga, Sanskrit aksi

ˈeyeless adj ˈeyeˌlike adj
eye // n
  1. another word for nye
'eye' also found in these entries:
Collocations: was eyeing her [shoes, bracelet, dress], have [green, blue, brown] eyes, [make, maintain] eye contact, more...

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