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 latest in the weekly series is a look at famed outlaw Jesse James. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Strange team, strange season for John Brannen, UC Bearcats," 20 Feb. 2020 The person running on the treadmill in the preview clip does appear to be female, and some fans have argued that the Frog's purple suit is actually a pretty on-brand look for pop singer Kesha. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Frog on 'The Masked Singer'? Fans Say They Already Know for Sure," 20 Feb. 2020 None of this is a good look when Amazon recruiters hit college campuses or real estate executives court local officials. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "What billionaires like Jeff Bezos give matters. What they do matters too," 19 Feb. 2020 Smalls' three piece suit, blending classic Burberry tartan with Prince of Wales plaid, was an especially standout look, as was Jenner's structured tartan and white crepe skirt ensemble. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Irina Shayk Walked the Burberry Runway in the Vinyl Coat of Your Dreams," 18 Feb. 2020 Madison's parents are Tonya and Chad Prewett, and a look at their relationship really gives you gan understanding about where Madison is coming from in her hopes for her own future family. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor’s Madison Is Trying To Emulate Her Parents’ Marriage," 17 Feb. 2020 Here now, is a brief look at ways to control common household pests. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Rid of Common House Pests," 17 Feb. 2020 Despite the fact that most of UK’s attempts were truly good looks, Calipari said his team settled too often for 3s against the zone. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Off the mark: UK's poor 3-point shooting against Ole Miss highlights weakness," 16 Feb. 2020 Without Abel, the new-look Beavers opened with a dominant 11-4 victory over New Mexico in Surprise, Arizona, helping first-year coach Mitch Canham begin his tenure in impressive fashion. oregonlive, "Kevin Abel, hero of Oregon State’s 2018 college baseball championship, not on Beavers’ 2020 roster and won’t play this season," 15 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of look was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Look.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/look. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for look

look

verb
How to pronounce look (audio)

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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