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 Passing taxpayers would glimpse a DNR wildland firefighter in a yellow Nomex shirt vigorously working to re-establish pine on a cutover. Peter M. Leschak, Star Tribune, "'Hope is the thing left us in a bad time'," 24 Dec. 2020 Depictions of the scene show throngs of people gathering in carriages and on foot, decked in their finery and hustling to glimpse the procession. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Young America Came to Love Beethoven," 17 Dec. 2020 But flashlights bring back the hues, and visitors glimpse the oranges, greens, and reds of the corals, schooling fish, and sponges—and the moray eels poking their heads out of amphorae. Travel, "Diving into Greece’s first underwater museum," 2 Dec. 2020 Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America. WSJ, "And the Fair Land," 24 Nov. 2020 So the annual ritual of sparing two turkeys offered a rare chance to glimpse the lame-duck leader in public. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "No, President Trump Did Not Pardon Himself," 24 Nov. 2020 Look at it with any telescope while its surface details remain easier to glimpse. Curtis Roelle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Star Points: Leonid meteor shower and penumbral lunar eclipse on tap this month | COMMENTARY," 31 Oct. 2020 Floridians will have a rare chance to glimpse a rocket streaking across the sky tonight, when United Launch Alliance sends up its powerful Atlas V rocket and with it a secretive spy satellite. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "ULA rocket launch tonight from Cape Canaveral should set off a light show," 4 Nov. 2020 The next morning, continue driving the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway to glimpse wildlife like bison, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs. Scott Bay, Travel + Leisure, "The Ultimate South Dakota Road Trip Itinerary: Where to Stop, What to Do, and More," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Halsey revealed the news with a campaign video on Instagram, offering fans a glimpse at what's to come. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Halsey Created a Makeup Brand to Help You Break Beauty Rules," 4 Jan. 2021 Cave was soon outdone by Niall Horan with a Nov. 7 performance broadcast from Royal Albert Hall, offering fans a glimpse on what might have been in an alternate 2020. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "The Year in Livestreams 2020: Driift Took British Stars Around the World," 10 Dec. 2020 Fay gives a glimpse into what Tucker and offensive coordinator Jay Johnson want the position to look like in the future. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football: What Mel Tucker is looking for in his next starting QB," 20 Dec. 2020 Selling Sunset's Christine Quinn, known for her sky-high Louboutins, blonde locks, and fierce personality, gives us a glimpse into her lavish Los Angeles home for the first time in the reboot. Jessica Morgan, refinery29.com, "Selling Sunset‘s Christine Quinn Talks Us Through Her Iconic Home," 6 Nov. 2020 And the music video gives us a glimpse into the kind of future that many of Ariana's fans are hoping to fight for now and in the future. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande’s "Positions" Music Video Is Here and It Shows Us the Future We Want," 23 Oct. 2020 The 721 respondents were surveyed by phone and through texts Tuesday and Wednesday, so the poll gives a glimpse of voters' views since Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Democrats’ poll shows a toss-up between Joe Biden and Donald Trump in Texas," 8 Oct. 2020 The update from Shell gives a first glimpse at how the world’s biggest oil companies have continued to struggle in the most recent quarter. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Shell to Cut Up to 9,000 Jobs," 30 Sep. 2020 Ahead, Sze chats with BAZAAR.com about her work and the messages behind them, and gives a first glimpse into her exhibition at the Cartier Foundation. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Sze’s New Exhibition Explores Notions of Time and Space," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Glimpse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glimpse. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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