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Stared vs. Starred: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 2, 2023
"Stared" is the past tense of the verb "to stare," meaning to look fixedly at something. "Starred" is the past tense of "to star," meaning to feature as a prominent performer or participant.

Key Differences

"Stared" is the past tense and past participle of the verb "to stare," which describes the act of looking intently or fixedly at something without blinking. It is an action that anyone can perform, regardless of context. On the other hand, "starred" is the past tense of the verb "to star," often used in the context of entertainment to signify a leading role in a performance. This is a term that implies prominence or centrality in an event or presentation.
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The word "stared" is more universally applicable, meaning that you can stare at an object, a person, or even into space. The action is singular and requires only the person doing the staring. In contrast, "starred" implies a larger context—typically a production or event—in which one takes a leading or featured role.
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While "stared" is often associated with a passive or observational action, "starred" denotes an active, participatory role. For instance, you might have stared at a beautiful painting, but you could have starred in a theatrical production. "Stared" doesn't necessarily imply any special talent, whereas "starred" often does.
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Another critical difference between "stared" and "starred" is their grammatical usage. "Stared" is a verb and is commonly used to describe an action in a sentence. "Starred," while also a verb, often requires a complementary noun to specify the production or event in which someone starred. For example, "He starred in a movie."
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Sep 17, 2023

Comparison Chart

Part of Speech

Verb
Verb
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Context

General
Entertainment/Special Events
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Action Type

Passive
Active
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Implies Special Role

No
Yes
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Grammatical Complements

Rarely requires additional information
Often requires additional information
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Stared and Starred Definitions

Stared

To watch closely or curiously.
He stared at the curious object.
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Starred

To perform as a leading role in a production.
She starred in a Broadway musical.
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Stared

To look intently at something.
She stared at the painting.
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Starred

To mark with a star symbol, often for importance or quality.
The movie was starred in the guide.
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Stared

To gaze fixedly, often without blinking.
He stared into space.
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Starred

A celestial body that generates light and other radiant energy and consists of a mass of gas held together by its own gravity in which the energy generated by nuclear reactions in the interior is balanced by the outflow of energy to the surface, and the inward-directed gravitational forces are balanced by the outward-directed gas and radiation pressures.
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Stared

To direct one's eyes toward someone or something.
They stared at each other.
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Starred

Any of the celestial bodies visible at night from Earth as relatively stationary, usually twinkling points of light.
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Stared

To look at something for an extended period.
I stared at the equation, trying to solve it.
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Starred

Something regarded as resembling such a celestial body.
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Stared

To look directly, fixedly, or vacantly, often with a wide-eyed gaze.
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Starred

A graphic design having five or more radiating points, often used as a symbol of rank or merit.
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Stared

To look at directly and fixedly
Stared him in the eyes.
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Starred

An artistic performer or athlete whose leading role or superior performance is acknowledged.
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Stared

An intent gaze.
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Starred

One who is highly celebrated in a field or profession.
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Stared

Simple past tense and past participle of stare
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Starred

An asterisk (*).
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Starred

The star key on a telephone
For customer service, press star.
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Starred

A white spot on the forehead of a horse.
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Starred

A planet or constellation of the zodiac believed in astrology to influence personal destiny.
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Starred

Stars The future; destiny. Often used with the.
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Starred

Outstanding or famous, especially in performing something
A star researcher.
A star figure skater.
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Starred

Of or relating to a star or stars.
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Starred

To ornament with stars.
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Starred

To award or mark with a star for excellence.
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Starred

To mark with an asterisk.
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Starred

To present or feature (a performer) in a leading role.
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Starred

To play the leading role in a theatrical or film production.
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Starred

To do an outstanding job; perform excellently.
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Starred

Simple past tense and past participle of star
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Starred

Having a star or stars.
A Michelin-starred restaurant
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Starred

Adorned or studded with stars; bespangled.
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Starred

Influenced in fortune by the stars.
My third comfort,Starred most unluckily.
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Starred

Marked with an asterisk;
The starred items
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Starred

To feature prominently in an event or situation.
He starred in the championship game.
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Starred

To play the main role in a film, play, or show.
They starred in a sitcom together.
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Starred

To be the central figure or point of interest.
The recipe starred fresh vegetables.
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FAQs

What does stared mean?

Stared is the past tense of the verb "to stare," which means to look fixedly at something.
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Sep 17, 2023

What does starred mean?

Starred is the past tense of "to star," indicating a prominent role in a performance or event.
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Sep 17, 2023

Does starred always refer to entertainment?

Mostly, but it can also refer to being prominently featured in other contexts.
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Is staring always passive?

Generally, staring is considered a passive action.
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Can stared imply a special role?

No, stared is usually a passive action and doesn't imply a special role.
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Can you stare at an event?

You can stare at something occurring at an event, but you don't stare "in" an event.
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Can you star at an object?

No, you can't "star" at an object; you star "in" a production or event.
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Sep 17, 2023

Is starring an active role?

Yes, starring typically implies an active, prominent role.
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Sep 17, 2023

Is stared a verb?

Yes, stared is a verb.
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Is starred a verb?

Yes, starred is also a verb.
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Sep 17, 2023

Can both words be used interchangeably?

No, stared and starred have distinct meanings and applications.
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Sep 17, 2023

Is stared applicable in entertainment contexts?

It can be, but it doesn't imply a special role like "starred" does.
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Sep 17, 2023

Is starring applicable in general contexts?

Rarely, it's mostly used to signify a special or leading role.
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Do you need additional information with stared?

Rarely, the verb "stared" usually stands alone.
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Sep 17, 2023

Do you need additional information with starred?

Often, as it usually specifies the production or event in which someone starred.
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Sep 17, 2023
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