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

Walking down Mount Pleasant Street several weeks later, Lambert, who knew James and had heard about the piano, glimpsed it through the restaurant’s basement window. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Their music was ready to spill out. All they needed was a piano.," 27 July 2019 Also glimpsed momentarily is Charlie Manson (Damon Herriman), though members of his family hanging out at Spahn Movie Ranch (including characters played by Lena Dunham and Maya Hawke) are given more visibility. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A Quentin Tarantino skeptic takes great pleasure in ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’," 24 July 2019 Some of those reasons are being glimpsed across much of the South Texas' brush country this month. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Rains fuel boom year for Texas whitetail deer," 13 July 2019 Just beyond, Bost and his crew can be glimpsed in a sleek kitchen — a theater stage behind a fourth wall of glass. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "Choose your own dining adventure at stunning new Auburn," 3 July 2019 These photographs never grasped the beautiful struggle to survive, glimpsed the alternative modes of life, or illuminated the mutual aid and communal wealth of the slum. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 The sting of the memory quickly faded, and the student, Francine Shapiro, glimpsed her future. New York Times, "Francine Shapiro, Developer of Eye-Movement Therapy, Dies at 71," 11 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aerial photos provided by Niki Britton of The 111th Photography provide a glimpse of the Gilroy Garlic Festival about four hours before the deadly shooting Sunday afternoon that left three festival-goers and the gunman dead. Paiching Wei, The Mercury News, "Exclusive: Bird’s-eye view of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting site," 30 July 2019 Military posturing in this remote region provides a rare glimpse of the tension that underlies the official friendship between Russia and China, a friendship Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, has done much to foster since the mid 2000s. The Economist, "But their new partnership makes China a lot more equal than Russia," 25 July 2019 The resulting investigation provides a glimpse into how foreign companies and investors have been able to take advantage of the former French colony’s tax code to profit at the expense of African nations. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz Africa, "A US multinational avoided South African taxes worth twice Johannesburg’s social housing budget," 25 July 2019 The trailer does provide a little glimpse into the other zany characters played by Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell, and Scarlett Johansson. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The first trailer for Taika Waititi’s anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit is short and sweet," 23 July 2019 Explore Bukchon Hanok Village Rooted in 600 years of history, this traditional Korean village provides a great glimpse into a simpler way of life outside of the city. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "A K-beauty lover makes a pilgrimage to Seoul, the capital of skincare and K-Pop," 23 July 2019 The resulting investigation provides a glimpse into how foreign companies and investors have been able to take advantage of the former French colony’s tax code to profit at the expense of poor nations. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "A giant US government contractor went offshore to avoid a pittance in African taxes," 22 July 2019 Large metal grates near the puddles provide glimpses to the tracks below. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "Flooding in Riverside Park: Good for Ducks. Bad for Amtrak Trains Below?," 21 July 2019 The anti-Catholic fervor of 16th–17th century England, of which these penal laws provide only a glimpse, came to a head in 1678 with the ridiculous Popish Plot. Declan Leary, National Review, "Conservatives Should Not Celebrate Religious Tyranny and Coercion," 19 July 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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