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 If such an email arrived at work, a boss might glimpse it. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 After taking something of a break from making onscreen appearances for a few years, King could be glimpsed in the TV shows Under the Dome and Mr. Mercedes. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Why It Chapter Two has the year's most satisfying movie cameo," 7 Sep. 2019 The creature only appears an hour into the film, first glimpsed as saliva-like goo and then as pharyngeal jaws that shoot out from its mouth. J.b., The Economist, "Forty years later, “Alien” remains at the apex of sci-fi horror films," 5 Sep. 2019 Buttram’s image fittingly hangs next to a marvelous painting by Elinore Schnurr, class of 1955, depicting fragmented reflections of pedestrians glimpsed in a storefront window. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Institute of Art alumni show hits the eye like a tall, cool drink on a hot summer day," 4 Aug. 2019 Van Leeuwenhoek, aka the father of microbiology, glimpsed a world in the 17th century that photographer-scientist Martin Oeggerli explores today in far greater detail. Rob Dunn, National Geographic, "Microscopic images reveal how herbs get their flavor," 1 Aug. 2019 Kushner, 38, is the hidden hand of Trump's 2020 campaign - rarely glimpsed in its northern Virginia headquarters but signing off behind the scenes on everything from spending to digital initiatives to top-level hires. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Jared Kushner: Trump’s adviser, son-in-law and de facto campaign chief," 27 July 2019 First glimpsed in 1918, the doctrine was wielded with shattering effect against the French and British in 1940 and has been applied with mounting sophistication ever since. Geoffrey Wawro, WSJ, "The Reinvention of Warfare," 8 Nov. 2018 For the first time in our history, we as a species glimpsed our true origins. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Friday the 13th’," 26 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Buckeyes showed a glimpse of its ceiling on Wednesday night. Stephen Means, cleveland, "No. 16 Ohio State basketball makes a statement in 76-51 win over No. 10 Villanova," 14 Nov. 2019 Take a look at her stunning photo journey to get a glimpse inside the raw beauty of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and add this vibrant nation to your wish list because one day soon, exploring its wonders will be a reality. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Revel in The Beauty Of The Democratic Republic Of The Congo," 13 Nov. 2019 Writing my story was very cathartic, but sharing my story — even a glimpse — people respond. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Andrea Barber played carefree Kimmy Gibbler. But she was battling a 'slow spiral' of depression," 12 Nov. 2019 Here is the first glimpse of one of Lesotho’s biggest commercial cannabis farms. Emma Vickers, Quartz Africa, "The small African kingdom that’s perfect for growing cannabis, but maybe not for regulating it," 9 Nov. 2019 Stewart arrived at a New York photocall for Charlie's Angels yesterday wearing a backwards hat accented by the sprays of piece-y peroxide liberated at strategic angles, the irreverent maneuver furthered by glimpses of her brunette roots. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Offers a Lesson in the Art of Ball Cap Glamour," 8 Nov. 2019 Pages of phone and property records offer glimpses of a more prosaic sort. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "Keano Is N.Y.’s Most Famous and Mysterious Subway Psychic. I Found Her.," 8 Nov. 2019 Similar grand designs have offered glimpses of how homes might be greener, but Goldsmith Street’s commitment to social housing could help meet the drastic need for more affordable homes. Jo Richardson, Quartz, "Labour’s pledge for carbon neutral homes will require a revolution—but it’s possible," 7 Nov. 2019 The hundreds of pages of testimony offer the first glimpse of the so-far secret proceedings that have unfolded in the bowels of the Capitol complex as witness after witness has appeared to testify in the impeachment inquiry. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — The former US ambassador to Ukraine told impeachment investigators last month that she felt “threatened” by President Trump after it emerged that he told the Ukrainian president she would “go through some things,” adding that she still feared retaliation.," 5 Nov. 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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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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