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 Many rays boast a black back and a white belly as dual camouflage, disappearing into the shadowy waters below when glimpsed from above, while blending into the shimmering sunlit surface when viewed from below. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Pink Manta Ray Spotted Near Australia’s Lady Elliot Island," 13 Feb. 2020 She's glimpsed at the start of the movie in happier times, a wholesome brunette teenager laughing on a beach. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Four Good Days': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 The violence of Guatemala haunts Los Angeles when refugee Antonio Bernal glimpses a tattoo like those worn by death squad members in his native land. Los Angeles Times, "The 20 essential L.A. crime books," 17 Oct. 2019 And then there are the bodies themselves, glimpsed around corners or across the street by residents willing to brave the outdoors: wrapped in white, being briskly shuttled from one place to another. Isabel Cristo, The New Republic, "Bringing Out the Dead in New York City," 10 Apr. 2020 Vaquitas, which are the smallest porpoises in the world, have fallen to the razor’s edge of extinction, with about 10 remaining individuals—but last month, scientists glimpsed mothers with calves in the Gulf of California. National Geographic, "Wildlife wins: 7 good-news stories from 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 Anything can and does cause trauma — glimpsing a student wearing a college sweat shirt; hearing an institution mentioned on the radio; seeing a university bumper sticker. BostonGlobe.com, "8. SAT deficit hyperactivity disorder (SDHD).," 23 Oct. 2019 Delight comes from glimpsing a new species or watching a bird do something wonderful or strange. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Where to find delight during a coronavirus quarantine," 30 Mar. 2020 In a follow-up study, students who viewed a video of police beating a black man after glimpsing an ape were more likely to say the beating was deserved. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "Meet the psychologist exploring unconscious bias—and its tragic consequences for society," 26 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Portland locations are down-to-earth glimpses of the city, and the cast, including Winslow Fegley as Timmy, is sympathetic and likable. oregonlive, "29 Oregon-filmed movies and TV shows to watch when you’re home because of coronavirus," 4 May 2020 Just how different the post-coronavirus world will look is open to speculation—but survey data from IBM’s Institute for Business Value gives a glimpse into how people will utilize transportation, both public and private, once the world reopens. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Transportation Isn’t Going to Be the Same after Pandemic: Study," 1 May 2020 But the newspapers' daily coverage — The Journal chronicled each egg the duck laid, sometimes on the front page — started bringing crowds to the bridge to get a glimpse, whatever the weather. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When times were tough during World War II, a duck named Gertie helped Milwaukee find hope," 22 Apr. 2020 Viewers also got a quick glimpse of another teen from Alabama who missed her prom: Julia Larriviere, a senior at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Alabama teen’s prom is star-studded affair, thanks to John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’," 20 Apr. 2020 Occasionally, glimpses of its massive scope peer up from the murk. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "How Facebook Works for Trump," 17 Apr. 2020 These last, fading glimpses of normality are still visible as, everywhere, the scale of the threat from Covid-19 has become abundantly clear: thousands of deaths already and multiples more to come. ... Gerard Baker, WSJ, "We Only Ever Fight Threats When They’re Upon Us," 3 Apr. 2020 Each provides a glimpse into the cultural heritage of a person, yet sometimes the arts provide a more in-depth opportunity for understanding different races, backgrounds and identities. Steven Lindsey, Dallas News, "The art of culture: Explore ethnicity through art at these D-FW museums," 31 Mar. 2020 After her night of good deeds, Kylie returns home and gives us a glimpse (with help from her adorable daughter Stormi, leading the way) of her Christmas decorations. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Kylie Jenner Bought Her Christmas Decorations From Target—Here's What She Got!," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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3 May 2020

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“Glimpse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glimpse. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for glimpse

glimpse

verb
How to pronounce glimpse (audio)

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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