glimpse

verb
\ ˈglim(p)s How to pronounce glimpse (audio) \
glimpsed; glimpsing

Definition of glimpse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 archaic : glimmer
2 : to look briefly glimpsed at the letter and then threw it aside

transitive verb

: to get a brief look at glimpsed him as he sped by in his car

glimpse

noun

Definition of glimpse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : glimmer
2 : a fleeting view or look caught only a glimpse of the mugger

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Other Words from glimpse

Verb

glimpser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for glimpse

Synonyms: Verb

browse, dip, glance, glint, peek, skim

Synonyms: Noun

cast, eye, gander, glance, look, peek, peep, regard, sight, view

Antonyms: Verb

gaze, stare

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Examples of glimpse in a Sentence

Verb

We glimpsed him through the window as his car sped past. just glimpsed at the photo then turned his attention elsewhere

Noun

We caught a glimpse of him through the window as his car sped past. I only got a glimpse of him as we drove by.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

First glimpsed through a window while lifting weights, Sparsholt is an enticing abstraction: a figure of beguiling mystery and a near-universal object of desire. Priscilla Gilman, BostonGlobe.com, "An English political scandal and gay lives over decades," 9 Mar. 2018 But although Webb cannot easily see oxygen, its infrared eyes could excel at glimpsing signs of anoxic life. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "A New Recipe for Hunting Alien Life," 24 Jan. 2018 Not open to the public, it can be glimpsed from across the building’s atrium. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Coloring our world, from cave paintings to today," 15 Mar. 2018 The style first came to America after World War I, after soldiers who had glimpsed and admired the grand chateaux and quaint farmhouses in rural France returned and built homes in a similar style. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019 That near-mythical place where idealists, romantics, and wanderers wash up, drifting in and dropping out, a sense of it glimpsed in Palermo, Antananarivo, Brazzaville. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Daphne's Chef Michele Blasi updates Italian classics with the region's freshest seafood, as glimpsed in an asparagus soup with red snapper or linguine with Caribbean lobster and chilis. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 From the Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street intersection, passers-by can glimpse an often rowdy and enthusiastic crowd singing through its many French doors. Josh Ocampo, New York Times, "At the Duplex, Nightlife Is a Cabaret," 3 May 2018 On Thursday, residents in the Blueberry Lane neighborhood glimpsed from their windows as law enforcement surrounded the home where the officer had been shot. BostonGlobe.com, "Yarmouth police officer fatally shot in Barnstable while serving warrant," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now, Sophia is a freshman in college and frequently gives everyone a glimpse into her life on Instagram. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question You Have About 'Happy!' Star Christopher Meloni’s Wife and Two Kids, Answered," 27 Mar. 2019 But Hondo is an evolution beyond anything Disney has ever attempted, and offers a moving, talking glimpse into Disney’s newest, largest, and most ambitious attraction. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 Gehry’s vision for 8150 Sunset might offer just that, and groundbreaking at the site could be akin to an archaeological dig, possibly offering people a glimpse into Hollywood’s past. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 And now, the world is getting one more glimpse into their magical day. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Alexis Ohanian Posted an Adorable Instagram to Celebrate His Anniversary With Serena Williams," 16 Nov. 2018 There are glimpses, brief moments of more complicated self-reflection from Pusha—guilt, regret, and a fear of what karma might have in store. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Since joining social media, Garner has given the occasional glimpse into her life as a mom of three. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Parading Patriots! Jennifer Garner and Her Kids Ride Atop a Truck During Fourth of July Parade," 5 July 2018 For a glimpse into Renee Erickson’s magical Sea Creatures empire, click through the photo gallery above. Morgan Goldberg, USA TODAY, "Meet Seattle's star chef: Renee Erickson," 27 June 2018 Leicester City fans will get a glimpse of new signing James Maddison on Sunday, as he and Hamza Choudhury are set to open the club's new fan store. SI.com, "Leicester City Fans Set to Get a Glimpse of New Signing at Fan Store Opening This Weekend," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of glimpse

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glimpse

Verb and Noun

Middle English glimsen; akin to Middle High German glimsen to glimmer, Old English glǣm gleam

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More Definitions for glimpse

glimpse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glimpse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look at or see (something or someone) for a very short time

glimpse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glimpse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief or quick view or look

glimpse

verb
\ ˈglimps How to pronounce glimpse (audio) \
glimpsed; glimpsing

Kids Definition of glimpse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to catch a quick view of

glimpse

noun

Kids Definition of glimpse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short hurried look

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