look on


verb (intr)

(adverb) to be a spectator at an event or incident
Also: look upon (preposition) to consider or regardshe looked on the whole affair as a joke; he looks on his mother-in-law with disapproval

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Derived forms of look on

looker-on, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with look on

look on

1

Also, look upon. Regard in a certain way, as in I looked on him as a second father, or We looked upon her as a worthy successor. [Early 1600s]

2

Be a spectator, watch, as in She rode the horse around the ring as her parents looked on. [Late 1500s]

3

Also, look on with. Read from someone's book, paper, or music at the same time, as in I forgot my score; can I look on with you? [Late 1800s]

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