glimpse

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

Definition of glimpse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

glimpse

noun

Definition of glimpse (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from glimpse

Verb

glimpser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for glimpse

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 The justices also posed for a formal photograph with their newest member, Justice Barrett, giving the public its first and likely only glimpse of all nine robed members together since cameras are not allowed in the courtroom. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, "Vaccinated justices pose for Supreme Court photo with new Justice Barrett," 23 Apr. 2021 The shop’s door is open to the street, attracting customers who glimpse something intriguing, step inside and stop to gape. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Meet the whimsical shop on Ellicott City’s Main Street: Gott Efni, a spot for flowers and gifts," 13 Apr. 2021 The view may not last for long, but several of Central Florida’s coasters provide opportunities to glimpse Orlando from new vantage points. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando: 9 best views of the City Beautiful," 3 Mar. 2021 The congregation began to glimpse the understory—to see that the Israel conflict wasn’t just about Israel. Amanda Ripley, Time, "We Need More 'Good Conflict' in the U.S. Here's How It Works," 17 Apr. 2021 The problem is that while bubbles pop around us all the time, those pops occur in a fraction of a second, making the basic principles hard to glimpse. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Coinbase Makes Its Debut—and Bitcoin Arrives on Wall Street," 14 Apr. 2021 Through mid-April, birders can glimpse the majestic birds in the wild at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and the Texas Coastal Bend. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "Learn About the Port Aransas Whooping Cranes," 1 Apr. 2021 Port Aransas is home to several locations along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, which invites visitors to explore the area's coastal communities and wetlands, and possibly glimpse their populations of migratory birds. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "Learn About the Port Aransas Whooping Cranes," 1 Apr. 2021 Most deem the decade a bitter disappointment, but still glimpse hope for the future. Los Angeles Times, "The Syrian revolution: Voices of 10 years of torment," 14 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the first glimpse that outside readers, and most of the staff, got of the document wasn’t in The Journal. New York Times, "Inside the Fight for the Future of The Wall Street Journal," 10 Apr. 2021 Today’s studies offer a genetic glimpse of an earlier time, when modern humans first ventured into Neanderthal territory. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "More than 45,000 years ago, modern humans ventured into Neanderthal territory. Here’s what happened next," 7 Apr. 2021 Here’s a glimpse of our 2021 ranking of the major fashion brands. Howard Yu, Forbes, "Three Charts That Show How Nike Is The Most Future-Ready Retail Brand," 18 Mar. 2021 Teddy's glazed eyes glimpse at Owen, who can't seem to absorb the truth. Lincee Ray, EW.com, "Grey's Anatomy recap: A major character dies in heartbreaking midseason premiere," 12 Mar. 2021 Along those lines, there are times when NBC Sports Bay Area shows a glimpse of 2020-21 reality: two men calling Golden State games from afar. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "If there's any justice, Steve Kerr's coaching will be recognized," 27 Feb. 2021 What keeps Sun on her path is that glimpse of what Lotus Bistro can be, and a long memory for what family restaurants mean. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "Lakeview sushi bar Lotus Bistro goes all outdoors to keep a family legacy rolling," 13 Jan. 2021 In turn, both American Idol and America's Best Dance Crew fans have had the chance to watch his own journey to becoming an entertainment icon unfold — and, in the process, a glimpse at his own personal health revolution, too. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Randy Jackson's Weight-Loss and Health Journey in His Own Words," 7 Jan. 2021 As word spread, via listservs and Facebook groups, excited birders poured into the park from across the region, hoping to catch a glimpse — or perhaps even a photo. Washington Post, "A rare, ‘magical’ visit from a brilliantly colored bird draws crowds to Maryland park," 3 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of glimpse

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

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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The first known use of glimpse was in the 14th century

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4 May 2021

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“Glimpse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glimpse. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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