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

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

Polo, who is first glimpsed almost 40 minutes into the movie and thereafter figures only marginally, remains a cipher; his troubled history is secondary to the tiresomely circuitous blather of Ema, Gaston and everyone else. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ema': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 As of Monday, hikers can now make the 2.4-mile trek from the Wahclella Falls Trailhead and back, glimpsing the 127-foot, two-tier waterfall at the end. oregonlive.com, "Wahclella Falls Trail reopened in Columbia Gorge, 2 years after Eagle Creek fire," 26 Aug. 2019 The visitor can glimpse her startling creativity, her adeptness with bits and pieces, and the interplay between order and chaos, all of which would feature in her later paintings. S.h., The Economist, "Lee Krasner’s colourful, creative destruction," 17 June 2019 In a wall of these prints from 1923-27—views of glaciers and waterfalls—one can already glimpse the mature Adams. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Ansel Adams in Our Time’ Review: Reconsidering a Mountainous Career," 12 Dec. 2018 Scientists could be glimpsing the true edge of the cosmic-ray spectrum: the points where protons, and then helium, carbon and iron, max out. Quanta Magazine, "The Particle That Broke a Cosmic Speed Limit," 14 May 2015 Star Wars fans first glimpsed a Trandoshan when Bossk appeared Darth Vader’s bounty hunter roll call in The Empire Strikes Back. James Hibberd, EW.com, "The Mandalorian fights Trandoshans in new photo from Star Wars series," 3 Sep. 2019 Andy Baraghani glimpsed Maggie with her brother Jake at Mettā in Brooklyn. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "What My Dream Grocery Store Looks Like," 3 Aug. 2019 During her time ziplining, Duffie glimpsed a surprise while looking in the trees. Jasmin S. Lee, Detroit Free Press, "Finding Mona Lisa 313 helps Detroit youth connect with life beyond portraits," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

More windows and openings will offer glimpses into spaces on different levels. Washington Post, "MoMA turns itself inside out for the 21st century," 5 Sep. 2019 The teaser includes a glimpse of Jordan as Stevenson, Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian—who was wrongfully imprisoned of murder—and Brie Larson as local advocate Eva Ansley. Sydney Scott, Essence, "'Just Mercy' Teaser Puts Jamie Foxx And Michael B. Jordan On Display," 3 Sep. 2019 With the atmosphere of a final and a touching moment of sportsmanship, the two young stars offered an exciting glimpse into the future of women’s tennis. Stanley Kay, SI.com, "Naomi Osaka–Coco Gauff U.S. Open Showdown Preludes Exciting Future of Tennis," 1 Sep. 2019 But these moments, instead of heightening or contrasting what is already there, feel like incongruous glimpses of another dimension more than an organic part of this particular story. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'You Will Die at Twenty' ('Satamoto Fel Eshreen'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 The programs saw a glimpse of what can happen Thursday, when the Southland’s Central Arkansas knocked off Conference USA opponent Western Kentucky 35-28. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Division I programs collide as UTSA, Incarnate Word meet for first time," 30 Aug. 2019 In many ways, 13 Reasons Why humanizes him in season three, offering glimpses into his family life that might explain his deplorable actions. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "13 Reasons Why," 29 Aug. 2019 Visual illusions are fractures in the Matrix, fleeting glimpses into this deeper truth. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press Ever since Aidan Hutchinson was a little kid, he's had a glimpse of what could be in his future. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Hutchinson has plenty to live up to, and he knows it," 27 Aug. 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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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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