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glimpse

verb \ ˈglim(p)s \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of glimpse

glimpsed; glimpsing
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

glimpser

noun

Examples of glimpse in a Sentence

  1. We glimpsed him through the window as his car sped past.

  2. just glimpsed at the photo then turned his attention elsewhere

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Origin and Etymology of glimpse

Middle English glimsen; akin to Middle High German glimsen to glimmer, Old English glǣm gleam

glimpse Synonyms

Synonyms
browse, dip, glance, glint, peek, skim
Antonyms
gaze, stare
Related Words
keek [chiefly Scottish], peep; blink, squint; look over, peruse, rake, scan
Near Antonyms
examine, overlook, oversee, question, survey; study, view; peer, pry; gawk, goggle, rubberneck; leer, ogle

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glimpse

noun

Definition of glimpse

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

Examples of glimpse in a Sentence

  1. We caught a glimpse of him through the window as his car sped past.

  2. I only got a glimpse of him as we drove by.

Recent Examples of glimpse from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of glimpse

glimpse Synonyms


GLIMPSE Defined for English Language Learners

glimpse

verb

Definition of glimpse for English Language Learners

  • : to look at or see (something or someone) for a very short time


glimpse

noun

Definition of glimpse for English Language Learners

  • : a brief or quick view or look


GLIMPSE Defined for Kids

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glimpse

verb \ ˈglimps \

Definition of glimpse for Students

glimpsed; glimpsing
:to catch a quick view of

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glimpse

noun

Definition of glimpse for Students

:a short hurried look


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