look

verb
\ ˈlu̇k How to pronounce look (audio) \
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

The investigation also looked into the ingredients or characteristics of the dogs’ diets. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Your dog may be at risk for developing heart disease based on their food, FDA says," 28 June 2019 Reproductions of this painting show Tintoretto’s brilliant imagination at play, with Jesus at the far end, looking into the picture space, and deeply engaged in his work. Washington Post, "Seeing Tintoretto is Venice is very nice. But so is seeing his works in a well-lit museum.," 27 June 2019 Company officials have looked into moving production to Malaysia and Thailand, but factories there couldn’t replicate their technology, said Chief Commercial Officer Robert Gaither. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, "Medical-Supplies Companies Object to Proposed New Tariffs," 26 June 2019 Doubt told Smith on Wednesday, adding that investigators were looking into it. Fox News, "Last known person texting with missing Utah student Mackenzie Lueck is cooperating with investigation: police," 26 June 2019 Wan-Bissaka's name continued to be mentioned, but in early May the player stated his commitment to the club as Premier League heavyweights began looking further into a potential deal. SI.com, "Aaron Wan-Bissaka: A Timeline of Events This Summer as Man Utd Prepare to Announce £50m Deal," 26 June 2019 Zionsville, coming off a 6-5 season, graduates a lot at the skill positions, but sophomore running back Colin Price (533 yards) looks promising. 9. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Thinking high school football: Top-10 area matchups of Week 1 of season," 26 June 2019 Denver Public Works is looking into the video, Kuhn said. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "“It was written for the Dulevo”: Former Denver employee says company got easy deal on street sweepers," 25 June 2019 The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is looking into this matter. Rick Sobey, The Mercury News, "7 motorcyclists killed: Newly hired truck driver had two DUIs, one just last month," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The look was topped off with hoop earrings, a rosary made from pieces of 108 human skulls, and a wool robe. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 For a first look at the 14-episode final season, divine your way over here. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "The Good Place creator on how — and why — the show changed its ultimate message," 9 Aug. 2019 The new photo was taken as part of the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy program, an effort that provides an annual look at outer planets and tracks changes in their storms, winds and clouds, NASA said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Breathtaking new image of Jupiter provides clues about mysterious Great Red Spot," 9 Aug. 2019 And a close look at the image shows artifacts of its construction: Look to the bottom right corner. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, "The Emerging Art of Drawing in Prime Numbers," 9 Aug. 2019 Getting the look requires a lot of minute detail, including the proper slope, and navigating where and how the tile is installed. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "Sophia Bush Reveals Her Biggest Home Renovation Challenges," 9 Aug. 2019 There’s a look in those people’s eyes, the shape of their noses, the shape of their lips. . Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "A Young Artist Charts the Journey from “Haiti to Hood”," 8 Aug. 2019 Further clips offered more expanded looks at the movie, from Denny’s racing ability to the wedding of Denny and Eve and more. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Art of Racing in the Rain' Marketing Bets on Old-Fashioned Charm," 8 Aug. 2019 Setting this tone flawlessly is protagonist Mara (feelingly played by Englert), a young woman with an intelligent, questioning look about her. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Them That Follow’ is a compelling tale of taboo love in a Pentecostal world," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce look (audio) \
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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