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

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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 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 Yet fans hoping to glimpse the problems of the 21st century in the new book will be gratified, too. The Economist, "The sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” explores the workings of repression," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Civil War sites and artifacts from the era regularly offer fresh glimpses into the bloody conflict. Fox News, "Civil War cannonball discovered lodged in a tree at historic Missouri house," 14 Sep. 2019 The voice messages are artifacts that underscore the bravery and sacrifice of that day exactly 18 years ago, but also offer a unique glimpse into how different an era 2001 truly was. Wired, "Pagers, Pay Phones, and Dialup: How We Communicated on 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 Monday night will offer a glimpse into this but not quite a full picture, as New Orleans’s passing game focuses more on attacking linebackers and safeties inside as opposed to corners outside. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Previewing Saints-Texans, Broncos-Raiders on Monday Night Football," 9 Sep. 2019 The poll offers the latest glimpse into voter attitudes more than a year before the election. Scott Bauer, Twin Cities, "Trump’s approval rating remains below 50% in Wisconsin," 5 Sep. 2019 Hyland's no stranger to giving fans a glimpse into her life. Amber Brenza, Health.com, "Sarah Hyland Shares Photo of Her Super-Toned Abs on Instagram," 8 Aug. 2019 The finale script, written by co-showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (who also directed the episode), offers a glimpse into what the critics were talking about. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The weirdest parts of the “Game of Thrones” finale script," 1 Aug. 2019 People shuffled past, including your correspondent, to catch a glimpse of the deceased tyrant. The Economist, "A sad, tawdry end for Robert Mugabe," 15 Sep. 2019 Every now and then, my eye would catch the glimpse of a woman who looked similar to me... completely owning her body. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "5 Women Prove That Every Body Is Sexy in Empowering Photo Series," 13 Sep. 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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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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