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[ look ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to turn one's eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see:

    He looked toward the western horizon and saw the returning planes.

  2. to glance or gaze in a manner specified:

    to look questioningly at a person.

  3. to use one's sight or vision in seeking, searching, examining, watching, etc.:

    to look through the papers.

  4. to tend, as in bearing or significance:

    Conditions look toward war.

  5. to appear or seem to the eye as specified:

    to look pale.

  6. to appear or seem to the mind:

    The case looks promising.

  7. to direct attention or consideration:

    to look at the facts.

  8. to have an outlook or afford a view:

    The window looks upon the street.

  9. to face or front:

    The house looks to the east.

verb (used with object)

  1. to give (someone) a look:

    He looked me straight in the eye.

  2. to have an appearance appropriate to or befitting (something):

    She looked her age.

  3. to appear to be; look like:

    He looked a perfect fool, coming to the party a day late.

  4. to express or suggest by looks:

    to look one's annoyance at a person.

  5. Archaic. to bring, put, etc., by looks.


  1. the act of looking:

    a look of inquiry.

  2. a visual search or examination.

    Synonyms: glance, gaze

  3. the way in which a person or thing appears to the eye or to the mind; aspect:

    He has the look of an honest man.

    The tablecloth has a cheap look.

    Synonyms: air, appearance

  4. an expressive glance:

    to give someone a sharp look.

  5. looks,
    1. general aspect; appearance:

      to like the looks of a place.

    2. attractive, pleasing appearance.

verb phrase

    1. Also look into. to look briefly inside of:

      Look in the jar and tell me if any cookies are left.

    2. Also look in on. to visit (a person, place, etc.) briefly:

      I'll look in some day next week.

  1. to inquire into; investigate; examine:

    The auditors are looking into the records to find the cause of the discrepancy.

  2. to examine, especially briefly:

    Will you please look over my report before I submit it?

    1. to direct the eyes upward; raise one's glance:

      The other guests looked up as she entered the room.

    2. to become better or more prosperous; improve:

      Business is looking up.

    3. to search for, as an item of information, in a reference book or the like:

      Look up the answer in the encyclopedia.

    4. to seek out, especially to visit:

      to look up an old friend.

    5. Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to head more nearly in the direction of its destination after a favoring change of wind.
  3. to regard with admiration or respect; esteem:

    A boy needs a father he can look up to.

    1. to look to the outside, as from a window or a place of observation:

      From her office window, she could look out over the bustling city.

    2. to be vigilant or on guard:

      Look out, there are dangers ahead.

    3. to afford a view; face:

      The room looks out on the garden.

  4. to regard with scorn or disdain; have contempt for:

    They look down on all foreigners.

    1. to follow with the eye, as someone or something moving away:

      She looked after him as he walked toward the train station.

    2. to pay attention to; concern oneself with:

      to look after one's own interests.

    3. to take care of; minister to:

      to look after a child.

    1. to seek; search for:

      Columbus was looking for a shorter route to India when he discovered America.

    2. to anticipate; expect:

      I'll be looking for you at the reception.

    1. to direct one's glance or gaze to:

      If you look to your left, you can see the Empire State Building.

    2. to pay attention to:

      Look to your own affairs and stay out of mine.

    3. to direct one's expectations or hopes to:

      We look to the day when world peace will be a reality.

    4. to regard with expectation and anticipation:

      We look to the future and greater advances in science and technology.

  5. to review past events; return in thought:

    When I look back on our school days, it seems as if they were a century ago.

  6. to take watchful care of; be concerned about:

    He has to look out for his health.

    1. to be a spectator; watch:

      The crowd looked on at the street brawl.

    2. to consider; regard:

      They look upon gambling as sinful.


/ lʊk /


  1. often foll by at to direct the eyes (towards)

    to look at the sea

  2. often foll by at to direct one's attention (towards)

    let's look at the circumstances

  3. often foll by to to turn one's interests or expectations (towards)

    to look to the future

  4. copula to give the impression of being by appearance to the eye or mind; seem

    that looks interesting

  5. to face in a particular direction

    the house looks north

  6. to expect, hope, or plan (to do something)

    I look to hear from you soon

    he's looking to get rich

  7. foll by for
    1. to search or seek

      I looked for you everywhere

    2. to cherish the expectation (of); hope (for)

      I look for success

  8. foll by to
    1. to be mindful (of)

      to look to the promise one has made

    2. to have recourse (to)

      look to your swords, men!

  9. to be a pointer or sign

    these early inventions looked towards the development of industry

  10. foll by into to carry out an investigation

    to look into a mystery

  11. tr to direct a look at (someone) in a specified way

    she looked her rival up and down

  12. tr to accord in appearance with (something)

    to look one's age

  13. look alive or look lively
    hurry up; get busy
  14. look daggers
    See dagger
  15. look here
    an expression used to attract someone's attention, add emphasis to a statement, etc
  16. look sharp or look smart
    imperative to hurry up; make haste
  17. not look at
    to refuse to consider

    they won't even look at my offer of £5000

  18. not much to look at
    unattractive; plain
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  1. the act or an instance of looking

    a look of despair

  2. a view or sight (of something)

    let's have a look

  3. often plural appearance to the eye or mind; aspect

    I don't like the looks of this place

    the look of innocence

  4. style; fashion

    the new look for summer

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sentence connector

  1. an expression demanding attention or showing annoyance, determination, etc

    look, I've had enough of this

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Word History and Origins

Origin of look1

First recorded before 900; (verb) Middle English lōk(i)en, Old English lōcian; cognate with Middle Dutch lœken, akin to dialectal German lugen “to look out”; (noun) Middle English loke “act of looking, glance, countenance,” derivative of the verb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of look1

Old English lōcian; related to Middle Dutch læken, Old High German luogen to look out
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. look daggers, to look at someone with a furious, menacing expression:

    I could see my partner looking daggers at me.

  2. look down one's nose at, to regard with an overbearing attitude of superiority, disdain, or censure:

    The more advanced students really looked down their noses at the beginners.

  3. look forward to, to anticipate with eagerness or pleasure:

    I always look forward to your visits.

  4. look sharp,
    1. to be alert and quick:

      If you want to get ahead, you must look sharp.

    2. Also British, look slippy. to hurry:

      You'd better look sharp! It's getting late.

  5. if looks could kill. if looks could kill.

More idioms and phrases containing look

  • (look on the) bright side
  • dirty look
  • make someone look good
  • take a look at
  • things are looking up
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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

Find the best weighted blanket for you and your partnerOnce you’ve settled on the right weight for you, go ahead and take a look at the blanket’s dimensions.

The best heated throw blankets offer washability, customizable heat, and a stylish look that will blend seamlessly with your space.

Will Huntsberry took a closer look at the ongoing dispute between the governor and California Teachers Association in last week’s Learning Curve.

These craze-setters take note of fashion shows and celebrity looks, but they also collect data on politics, entertainment, the environment, technology, and consumer behavior.

It’s a great, economical way to improve the look of your property.

Have a look at this telling research from Pew on blasphemy and apostasy laws around the world.

To make it work almost everything else about these shows has to seem factual which is why many look like a weird Celebrity Sims.

They are becoming more aware of what eating disorders are and what they look like.

So many girls are idolizing these models and wanting to look like them.

Lacey Noonan's A Gronking to Remember makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Madame Bovary in terms of its literary sophistication.

What need to look to right or left when you are swallowing up free mile after mile of dizzying road?

Squinty could look out, but the slats were as close together as those in a chicken coop, and the little pig could not get out.

I was busy loading the piece when an exclamation of surprise from one of the men made me look up.

Alessandro turned a grateful look on Ramona as he translated this speech, so in unison with Indian modes of thought and feeling.

At present, Louis was too self-absorbed by the struggles within him, to look deep into what was passing around him.


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Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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