verb \ˈlu̇k\

Definition of look

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make sure or take care (that something is done) censor to look that no man lived idly — Edward Gee

  3. 2 :  to ascertain by the use of one's eyes look what I brought you

  4. 3a :  to exercise the power of vision upon :  examineb archaic :  to search for

  5. 4a :  expect, anticipate we look to have a good yearb :  to have in mind as an end looking to win back some lost profits

  6. 5 archaic :  to bring into a place or condition by the exercise of the power of vision

  7. 6 :  to express by the eyes or facial expression the friar looked his surprise — Robert Brennan

  8. 7 :  to have an appearance that befits or accords with looks her age

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1a :  to exercise the power of vision :  seeb :  to direct one's attention look upon the future with hope look at the mapc :  to direct the eyes looked up from the newspaper

  11. 2 :  to have the appearance or likelihood of being :  seem it looks unlikely looks to be hard work

  12. 3 :  to have a specified outlook the house looked east

  13. 4 :  to gaze in wonder or surprise :  stare

  14. 5 :  to show a tendency the evidence looks to acquittal

look after

  1. :  to take care of looked after her sick mother

look at

  1. 1 :  consider 1 looking at the possibility of relocating

  2. 2 :  confront, face looking at a mandatory fine — Cindy Kilass

look down one's nose

  1. :  to view something with arrogance, disdain, or disapproval writers who look down their noses at popular culture

look for

  1. 1 :  to await with hope or anticipation You can look for me to arrive at noon.

  2. 2 :  to search for :  seek looking for a new car

look forward

  1. :  to anticipate with pleasure or satisfaction looking forward to your visit

look into

  1. :  explore 1a Investigators are looking into the cause of the accident.

look the other way

  1. :  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. 1 :  to direct one's attention to looking to the future

  2. 2 :  to rely upon looks to reading for relaxation

Examples of look in a sentence

  1. He looked straight ahead and kept walking.

  2. When you take a walk, look around you.

  3. She smiled at me and then looked away.

  4. He looked back the way he had come.

  5. Look both ways before you cross the street.

  6. When I finally reached the top I was afraid to look down.

  7. She looked from one person to the next.

  8. They looked off into the distance.

  9. He was looking over his shoulder.

  10. Her new haircut makes her look young.

Origin and Etymology of look

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

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of look

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




Definition of look

  1. 1a :  the act of lookingb :  glance

  2. 2a :  the expression of the countenanceb :  physical appearance; especially :  attractive physical appearance —usually used in pluralc :  a combination of design features giving a unified appearance a new look in women's fashions

  3. 3 :  the state or form in which something appears

Examples of look in a sentence

  1. I don't think you left it here, but I'll take a look around for it.

  2. I took a quick look, but he wasn't there.

Origin and Etymology of look

see 1look

First Known Use: 13th century

LOOK Defined for English Language Learners



verb \ˈlu̇k\

Definition of look for English Language Learners

  • : 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)




Definition of look for English Language Learners

  • : the act of looking at something

  • : the act of examining or considering something

  • : the act of trying to find something or someone

LOOK Defined for Kids



verb \ˈlu̇k\

Definition of look for Students




  1. 1 :  to use the power of vision :  see Look before you cross.

  2. 2 :  to direct the attention or eyes Look in the mirror. Look at the map.

  3. 3 :  seem 1 That looks dangerous.

  4. 4 :  to have an appearance that is suitable He looks his age.

  5. 5 :  2face 1 The house looks east.

look after

  1. :  to take care of Look after the children.

look down on

  1. :  to regard as bad or inferior

look out

  1. :  to be careful

look up

  1. 1 :  to search for in a reference book Look it up in the dictionary.

  2. 2 :  to get better Your chances are looking up.

look up to

  1. :  2respect 1




Definition of look for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of looking We took a look around.

  2. 2 :  the expression on a person's face or in a person's eyes The child had a mischievous look.

  3. 3 looks plural :  physical appearance good looks

  4. 4 :  appearance that suggests what something is or means The cloth has a look of leather.

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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