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

Viewers will also glimpse, in flashbacks, Emily’s life as a biology professor, with a wife (Clea DuVall) and son, before the rise of Gilead. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "How Elisabeth Moss and company plan to carry ‘Handmaid’ forward," 19 Apr. 2018 Having a pleasant life but glimpsing a blissful one is just shy of pain, and that almost-pain is boredom. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "Instagram Is Sweet and Sort of Boring—but the Ads!," 24 June 2019 Since the cafe closed in early 2018, the space has remained boarded up, with paper pasted on the big glass windows that once let passersby glimpse the soccer games that played on the TVs. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, "The historic San Francisco neighborhood is suddenly littered with empty storefronts. What’s the reason?," 13 June 2019 After glimpsing the unveiled face of the sultan’s daughter, called Badr al-Budur (not Jasmine) in the story, Aladdin pursues her by lavishing presents on her father. National Geographic, "Top ten things you didn't know about Aladdin," 23 May 2019 This reviewer would like to propose a moratorium on women whose glowing souls can be glimpsed through their green eyes. New York Times, "Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia," 9 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nevertheless, the tariffs could provide a glimpse at how the administration could respond to additional disputes with the EU, analysts at Height Securities wrote in a research note. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "U.S. threatens tariffs on European cheese over Airbus-Boeing case," 2 July 2019 This may be a glimpse of wider India's future as the water crisis spreads. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 28 June 2019 Together with the Gunjur site, these three factories provide a glimpse of the tensions between the need to economically develop and attract foreign investment, and local environmental and socio-economic issues. Holly Eva Ryan, Quartz Africa, "Anti-Chinese protests in a Gambian fishing village show conflict of foreign investment in Africa," 27 June 2019 Guests can watch chefs cook their food through a glass wall that provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Obon's kitchen. azcentral, "Obon Sushi opens new Scottsdale location with all-day happy hour in July," 27 June 2019 This was a glimpse of the future in Colorado — a future Timmins doubted over the last year. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Conor Timmins is back in the fold for the Avalanche," 26 June 2019 There were glimpses of his enormous talent last year, though the World Cup winner also frustrated with some underwhelming performances. SI.com, "Ousmane Dembele Handed Barcelona Lifeline as Blaugrana Decide to Ignore Offers for Frenchman," 20 June 2019 The statement from Simmons provided a rare glimpse of the link between admissions and athletics at a highly competitive school. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Bribery scandal points to the athletic factor: A major force in college admissions," 13 June 2019 There are glimpses of favorites Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven, and maybe even a new female character. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "There's a 'Frozen 2' poster and now we definitely have to buy new princess gowns," 10 June 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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