look on


looked on; looking on; looks on

intransitive verb

: watch sense 3b
looked on anxiously from the sidelines

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But Atticus gives the case his all as his young daughter and son look on. Chris Vognar, Chron, 21 Apr. 2023 Halfway through the first episode, an engineer named Andrea drinks untreated stream water as her teammates look on—a major no-no that even the most casual backpacker would avoid. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 9 Mar. 2023 And just think how wonderful these silly planters will look on your kitchen windowsill. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 23 Mar. 2023 At least nine people were seen on camera piling on top of Otieno as other hospital staff look on. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 21 Mar. 2023 Fujinami struck out Freddie Freeman looking on a 96 mph fastball in the first inning and Max Muncy swinging on a breaking ball in the second. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2023 Photos: How George Floyd's death reignited a movement Photos: How George Floyd's death reignited a movement People look on as a construction site burns in Minneapolis on May 27. John Blake, CNN, 18 Mar. 2023 Junk threw first-pitch strikes to eight of 10 hitters, induced plenty of weak contact and struck out Trey Mancini looking on a slider. Journal Sentinel, 13 Mar. 2023 Jane Doe said that some SNL cast and crew members looked on and laughed. ABC News, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1568, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of look on was circa 1568

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“Look on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/look%20on. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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