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look

verb \ ˈlu̇k \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of look

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
3 a :to exercise the power of vision upon :examine
b archaic :to search for
4 a :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
1 a :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 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 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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of look

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

look Synonyms

Synonyms
act, appear, come across (as), come off (as), feel, seem, make, sound
Antonyms
stifle, suppress
Related Words
dissemble, pretend; recall, resemble, suggest; hint, imply, insinuate
Near Antonyms
censor, restrain, restrict

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

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look

noun

Definition of look

1 a :the act of looking
b :glance
2 a :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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of look

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LOOK Defined for English Language Learners

look

verb

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)


look

noun

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

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look

verb \ ˈlu̇k \

Definition of look for Students

looked; looking
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 1
  • That looks dangerous.
4 :to have an appearance that is suitable
  • He looks his age.
5 :2face 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

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look

noun

Definition of look for Students

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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