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I'm looking for a slang, phrasal verb or a word that explains people looking at something or someone. E.g. when people gather around a new-born baby and look at it with joy. Or when someone is looking at the marvelous painting hung at the wall.

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to admire comes very close:

to look at (something or someone) with enjoyment

MW gives the following example sentence:

We gazed out the window and admired the scenery

  • +1 nice search. Another option could be gaze - to look steadily at somebody/something for a long time, either because you are very interested or surprised. However, it's a poorer choice to your word. :) – Maulik V Nov 10 '15 at 10:20
  • Admiring or gazing at the new-born, doesn't sound good. – Ardis Ell Nov 10 '15 at 12:55
  • @ArdisEll - Why do you think that doesn't sound good? "Admiring the newborn" is perfectly normal, standard English. – stangdon Nov 10 '15 at 19:26
  • Are there any more words, slangs or phrasal verbs that could be used here? – Ardis Ell Nov 11 '15 at 9:14

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