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

Grab a pair of binoculars or a light telescope to glimpse its four largest moons — Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto — and maybe even see the banded clouds that encircle the planet, according to NASA. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "See breathtaking views of Jupiter and its moons with binoculars on Monday," 6 June 2019 By doing so, scientists are hoping to glimpse more information about asteroids that could impact Earth as well as how planets formed and life began. Michelle Lou, CNN, "The asteroid supposedly the size of a football field that people are freaking out about? Don't sweat it," 6 June 2019 This is a homefront story, with the overseas chaos only briefly glimpsed in video footage. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Viper Club’: Susan Sarandon brings grace, heartbreaking power to hostage drama," 30 Oct. 2018 As flutes of Champagne circulated on silver trays, guests moved under molded ceilings, stood on grand staircases, and glimpsed into the gilded mirrors. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Jeff Koons and Monica Lewinsky Attend a Book Party Honoring Accidental Presidents at Ralph Lauren," 3 Apr. 2019 Some have glimpsed traces of his lexicon in Wes Anderson’s films. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Celebrate Yasujirō Ozu," 12 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Less outdoorsy: Get a glimpse of Illinois River nature from the comfort of The Spirit of Peoria, a riverboat that takes travelers on a number of excursions, including day trips, overnight excursions and themed cruises. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "6 ways to celebrate Great Outdoors Month in Illinois," 13 June 2019 Members of the Beyhive are surely waiting to get a glimpse of the superstar singing for the film as well. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Speaks as Nala for the First Time in a New Lion King Teaser," 3 June 2019 Below, get a glimpse inside Prince Charles's new Scottish Highlands lodge. Vogue, "The Royal Family Has Opened a New Bed and Breakfast," 15 May 2019 With Lionel Messi and most of his regular fellow starters resting up for Manchester United, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde tried to get a glimpse of the club’s future. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Messi rests for Man United as Barca draws 0-0 at Huesca," 13 Apr. 2019 As Gabriella stepped out at the chapel, fans got the very first glimpse at her royal wedding tiara. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Lady Gabriella Windsor's Royal Wedding Tiara," 18 May 2019 This first glimpse at what to expect already has us on the edge of our seats. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Miley Cyrus Is Confirmed as One of the Stars in 'Black Mirror' Season 5," 15 May 2019 After this strange, realistic pitch for an Elysium sequel, Bezos gave a first glimpse at how Blue Origin plans to achieve this far-fetched dream: the Blue Moon lunar lander. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Blue Origin Reveals the Blue Moon Lunar Lander," 9 May 2019 The first glimpses of the Minutemen’s turnaround came a year ago with a highly talented class of freshmen led by defenseman Cale Makar , one of three finalists to win the Hobey Baker award given to college hockey’s top player. John Wawrow, The Seattle Times, "Frozen 4 final pits defending champ UMD versus upstart UMass," 12 Apr. 2019

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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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