verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- general aspect; appearance: to like the looks of a place.
- attractive, pleasing appearance.
- to follow with the eye, as someone or something moving away: She looked after him as he walked toward the train station.
- to pay attention to; concern oneself with: to look after one's own interests.
- to take care of; minister to: to look after a child.
- to seek; search for: Columbus was looking for a shorter route to India when he discovered America.
- to anticipate; expect: I'll be looking for you at the reception.
- Also look into. to look briefly inside of: Look in the jar and tell me if any cookies are left.
- Also look in on. to visit (a person, place, etc.) briefly: I'll look in some day next week.
- to be a spectator; watch: The crowd looked on at the street brawl.
- to consider; regard: They look upon gambling as sinful.
- 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.
- to be vigilant or on guard: Look out, there are dangers ahead.
- to afford a view; face: The room looks out on the garden.
- to direct one's glance or gaze to: If you look to your left, you can see the Empire State Building.
- to pay attention to: Look to your own affairs and stay out of mine.
- to direct one's expectations or hopes to: We look to the day when world peace will be a reality.
- to regard with expectation and anticipation: We look to the future and greater advances in science and technology.
- to direct the eyes upward; raise one's glance:The other guests looked up as she entered the room.
- to become better or more prosperous; improve: Business is looking up.
- to search for, as an item of information, in a reference book or the like: Look up the answer in the encyclopedia.
- to seek out, especially to visit: to look up an old friend.
- Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to head more nearly in the direction of its destination after a favoring change of wind.
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Idioms for look
- to be alert and quick: If you want to get ahead, you must look sharp.
- Also British, look slippy. to hurry: You'd better look sharp! It's getting late.
Origin of look
Example sentences from the Web for look
Have you looked around the American Dental Association website for an explanation of how fluoridation actually works?
“Jeffrey wanted me to tell you that you looked so pretty,” the female voice said into my disbelieving ear.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And so he looked at her, smiled, and offered a polite “Is everything okay?”
They became so brown and shriveled that they looked like walking beef jerky with New York accents.
Yet only 24 percent of the 3,892 femicides the group identified in 2012 and 2013 were looked at by authorities.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He regarded their knowledge as humdrum, and it did not disturb him that they looked on his acquisitions as worthless.Peggy Raymond's Vacation|Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
Mongan looked on the Hag of the Mill with delight and affection.Irish Fairy Tales|James Stephens
Yet, the next morning, when I went down upon the shore, how beautiful it looked—the hypocrite!Sketches in Canada, and rambles among the red men|Anna Brownell Jameson
After the first moment she did not look at Julian; she looked away from him out of the window.The Second Fiddle|Phyllis Bottome
As Everett made the turn at the head of the course, he looked around for Mr. Gilfeather, and presently he found him.Concerning Sally|William John Hopkins
British Dictionary definitions for look
verb (mainly intr)
- to search or seekI looked for you everywhere
- to cherish the expectation (of); hope (for)I look for success
- to be mindful (of)to look to the promise one has made
- to have recourse (to)look to your swords, men!
Word Origin for look
usage for look
Idioms and Phrases with look
In addition to the idioms beginning with look
- look after
- look a gift horse in the mouth
- look alive
- look as if butter wouldn't melt
- look askance
- look back
- look before you leap
- look black
- look blank
- look daggers
- look down on
- look for
- look forward to
- look in on
- look into
- look like
- look like a million dollars
- look like death
- look like something the cat dragged in
- look like the cat that ate the canary
- look on
- look on the bright side
- look out
- look out for
- look over
- look sharp
- look sideways at
- look someone in the face
- look the other way
- look through rose-colored glasses
- look to
- look to one's laurels
- look up
- look up and down
- look up to
- look who's talking
- (look on the) bright side
- dirty look
- make someone look good
- take a look at
- things are looking up