verb \ˈlk\

: to direct your eyes in a particular direction

: to seem to be something especially because of appearance

: to have an appearance that is suitable for (something)

Full Definition of LOOK

transitive verb
:  to make sure or take care (that something is done)
:  to ascertain by the use of one's eyes <look what I brought you>
a :  to exercise the power of vision upon :  examine
b archaic :  to search for
a :  expect, anticipate <we look to have a good year>
b :  to have in mind as an end <looking to win back some lost profits>
archaic :  to bring into a place or condition by the exercise of the power of vision
:  to express by the eyes or facial expression
:  to have an appearance that befits or accords with <looks her age>
intransitive verb
a :  to exercise the power of vision :  see
b :  to direct one's attention <look upon the future with hope> <look at the map>
c :  to direct the eyes <looked up from the newspaper>
:  to have the appearance or likelihood of being :  seem <it looks unlikely> <looks to be hard work>
:  to have a specified outlook <the house looked east>
:  to gaze in wonder or surprise :  stare
:  to show a tendency <the evidence looks to acquittal>
look after
:  to take care of
look at
:  consider 1 <looking at the possibility of relocating>
:  confront, face <looking at a mandatory fine — Cindy Kilass>
look down one's nose
:  to view something with arrogance, disdain, or disapproval
look for
:  to await with hope or anticipation
:  to search for :  seek <looking for a new car>
look forward
:  to anticipate with pleasure or satisfaction <looking forward to your visit>
look into
:  explore 1a
look the other way
:  to direct one's attention away from something unpleasant or troublesome
look to
:  to direct one's attention to <looking to the future>
:  to rely upon <looks to reading for relaxation>

Examples of LOOK

  1. He looked straight ahead and kept walking.
  2. When you take a walk, look around you.
  3. She smiled at me and then looked away.
  4. He looked back the way he had come.
  5. Look both ways before you cross the street.
  6. When I finally reached the top I was afraid to look down.
  7. She looked from one person to the next.
  8. They looked off into the distance.
  9. He was looking over his shoulder.
  10. Her new haircut makes her look young.

Origin of LOOK

Middle English, from Old English lōcian; akin to Old Saxon lōcōn to look
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to LOOK



: the act of looking at something

: the act of examining or considering something

: the act of trying to find something or someone

Full Definition of LOOK

a :  the act of looking
b :  glance
a :  the expression of the countenance
b :  physical appearance; especially :  attractive physical appearance —usually used in plural
c :  a combination of design features giving a unified appearance <a new look in women's fashions>
:  the state or form in which something appears

Examples of LOOK

  1. I don't think you left it here, but I'll take a look around for it.
  2. I took a quick look, but he wasn't there.

First Known Use of LOOK

13th century


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