look through

phrasal verb

looked through; looking through; looks through
: to read or briefly examine some of the pages of (a book, magazine, etc.)
She was looking through a magazine as she waited in the doctor's office.
: to look at the different parts of (a collection or group of things)
I looked through all his letters.
: to place one's eyes so as to see through (something)
look through a telescope
: to pretend not to see or recognize (someone) in a rude or unfriendly way
We used to be best friends but when she passed me on the street yesterday she looked (right/straight) through me without even saying hello!

Examples of look through in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ansel Adams looked through his lens from the sky and saw them as elegant waves rippling across the hills. Curbed, 29 Nov. 2023 Reddish has received a pretty good look through seven games, even grabbing a couple of fill-in starts. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2023 In 2019 a group of international researchers looked through the literature and again found the link to be lacking. WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 According to the outlet, the private search and rescue team has looked through 95% of the lake with the assistance of divers and drones. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 The first day, for a scene set in a corporate ziggurat, Scott looked through the lens and saw that the building’s columns had been installed upside down. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 My favorite thing to do is look through design books both new and old. Abigail Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Oct. 2023 McEntire, 68, recalled looking through her parents' belongings with her sister Susie after Jacqueline died and thinking about her future as a singer. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2023 The northern lights cover a fairly large part of the sky and looking through an optical instrument will just limit your field of view too much. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Look through.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/look%20through. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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