look

verb
\ ˈlu̇k \
looked; looking; looks

Definition of look

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make sure or take care (that something is done) censor to look that no man lived idly— Edward Gee
2 : to ascertain by the use of one's eyes look what I brought you
3a : to exercise the power of vision upon : examine
b archaic : to search for
4a : expect, anticipate we look to have a good year
b : to have in mind as an end looking to win back some lost profits
5 archaic : to bring into a place or condition by the exercise of the power of vision
6 : to express by the eyes or facial expression the friar looked his surprise— Robert Brennan
7 : to have an appearance that befits or accords with looks her age

intransitive verb

1a : to exercise the power of vision : see
b : to direct one's attention look upon the future with hope look at the map
c : to direct the eyes looked up from the newspaper
2 : to have the appearance or likelihood of being : seem it looks unlikely looks to be hard work
3 : to have a specified outlook the house looked east
4 : to gaze in wonder or surprise : stare
5 : to show a tendency the evidence looks to acquittal
look after
: to take care of looked after her sick mother
look at
1 : consider sense 1 looking at the possibility of relocating
2 : confront, face looking at a mandatory fine— Cindy Kilass
look down one's nose
: to view something with arrogance, disdain, or disapproval writers who look down their noses at popular culture
look for
1 : to await with hope or anticipation You can look for me to arrive at noon.
2 : to search for : seek looking for a new car
look forward
: to anticipate with pleasure or satisfaction looking forward to your visit
look into
: explore sense 1a Investigators are looking into the cause of the accident.
look the other way
: to direct one's attention away from something unpleasant or troublesome We can't just look the other way while these violations of human rights continue to occur.
look to
1 : to direct one's attention to looking to the future
2 : to rely upon looks to reading for relaxation

look

noun

Definition of look (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of looking
b : glance
2a : the expression of the countenance
b : physical appearance especially : attractive physical appearance usually used in plural
c : a combination of design features giving a unified appearance a new look in women's fashions
3 : the state or form in which something appears

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Verb

expect, hope, look mean to await some occurrence or outcome. expect implies a high degree of certainty and usually involves the idea of preparing or envisioning. expects to be finished by Tuesday hope implies little certainty but suggests confidence or assurance in the possibility that what one desires or longs for will happen. hopes to find a job soon look, with to, implies assurance that expectations will be fulfilled looks to a tidy profit from the sale ; with for it implies less assurance and suggests an attitude of expectancy and watchfulness. look for rain when the wind shifts to the northeast

Examples of look in a Sentence

Verb

He looked straight ahead and kept walking. When you take a walk, look around you. She smiled at me and then looked away. He looked back the way he had come. Look both ways before you cross the street. When I finally reached the top I was afraid to look down. She looked from one person to the next. They looked off into the distance. He was looking over his shoulder. Her new haircut makes her look young.

Noun

I don't think you left it here, but I'll take a look around for it. I took a quick look, but he wasn't there.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Plus—and most importantly—there’s a whole slate of new Timmy movies to look forward to! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, January 4 Edition," 4 Jan. 2019 This situation doesn't look likely to ever improve. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The most exciting thing is the pigmentation from all my acne scars is starting to lighten and my tone is looking more even all over. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Drunk Elephant's Vegan Retinol Doesn't Irritate My Sensitive Skin," 26 Dec. 2018 At the time, Fir Tree was looking to play the crash. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "A Hedge Fund Makes Billions Off Americans’ Underwater Mortgages," 25 Dec. 2018 Here, 12 festive big screen beauty looks that are ready for a snowy-day close-up. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "12 Winter Beauty Ideas to Steal from Your Favorite Holiday Films," 24 Dec. 2018 The color choices all look lovely with trendy gradient options in purple or red. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Xiaomi’s new Mi Play features a circular camera notch and dual, rear-facing cameras," 24 Dec. 2018 In the lowkey, casual photos of what seems to be an at-home wedding bash, Miley looks completely stunning in an off-shoulder white dress, with understated, simple makeup and her blonde hair worn loose. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Wait, Did Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Just Quietly Get Married?," 24 Dec. 2018 Both Justin and Hailey could be seen snuggled up in bed with their new puppy: In fact, Justin looked incredibly chilled out as the new puppy sat on one of his shoulders. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey and Justin Bieber's 'Christmas Baby' Is the Cutest Puppy of All Time," 23 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The new look, called Legend, features softer, sculpted forms and lighter colors: Lunar White, and a charcoal that Alienware calls Dark Side of the Moon. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Alienware Area-51m is a desktop-class laptop both extreme and refined," 8 Jan. 2019 See Stone's full look here: All three actress have won Golden Globes before. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Cast of The Favourite Has Arrived at the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 What will the second two years of the Trump presidency look like economically? Bob Davis, WSJ, "White House Economist Warns Other U.S. Firms Could Join Apple in Seeing Weaker Sales," 3 Jan. 2019 The wintery boutique is on East Hyman Street, next door to the Aspen Art Museum—which is appropriate, seeing as the store kind of looks like a modern art gallery itself. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "RIMOWA's New Pop-Up Is One More Reason to Visit Aspen This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 Instead, follow this guide by to make your oven look — and cook — as good as new. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean an Oven Quickly and Painlessly," 18 Dec. 2018 Leave it to Joanna Gaines to make cardboard look adorable. Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines’s DIY Christmas Village Templates Are The Easiest (And Cutest) Way To Decorate Your Mantel," 11 Dec. 2018 What would this type of sweeping change look like for U.S. cities? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As cities confront climate change, is density the answer?," 11 Dec. 2018 These journeys and experiences have all been wrapped into this collection that spans many looks, periods, and materials. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Martyn Lawrence Bullard's Corbett Lighting Collection Is Gorgeously Extravagant," 14 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'look.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of look

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for look

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English lōcian; akin to Old Saxon lōcōn to look

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More Definitions for look

look

verb

English Language Learners Definition of look

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to direct your eyes in a particular direction

: to seem to be something especially because of appearance

: to have an appearance that is suitable for (something)

look

noun

English Language Learners Definition of look (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of looking at something

: the act of examining or considering something

: the act of trying to find something or someone

look

verb
\ ˈlu̇k \
looked; looking

Kids Definition of look

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to use the power of vision : see Look before you cross.
2 : to direct the attention or eyes Look in the mirror. Look at the map.
3 : seem sense 1 That looks dangerous.
4 : to have an appearance that is suitable He looks his age.
5 : face entry 2 sense 1 The house looks east.
look after
: to take care of Look after the children.
look down on
: to regard as bad or inferior
look out
: to be careful
look up
1 : to search for in a reference book Look it up in the dictionary.
2 : to get better Your chances are looking up.
look up to

look

noun

Kids Definition of look (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of looking We took a look around.
2 : the expression on a person's face or in a person's eyes The child had a mischievous look.
3 looks plural : physical appearance good looks
4 : appearance that suggests what something is or means The cloth has a look of leather.

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