Synonyms & Antonyms of look

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to give the impression of being
  • it looks like it might rain

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2 to make known (as an idea, emotion, or opinion)
  • the music teacher looked her displeasure with a fierce frown

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3 to have in mind as a purpose or goal
  • they were looking to make a fast buck

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Synonyms & Antonyms of look (Entry 2 of 2)

1 facial appearance regarded as an indication of mood or feeling
  • you should have seen the look on your face when we yelled "Surprise!"

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2 an instance of looking especially briefly
  • she gave the junk mail a quick look before throwing it in the wastebasket

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3 the outward form of someone or something especially as indicative of a quality
  • the bride's father has the look of a prosperous businessman

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How does the verb look contrast with its synonyms?

The words expect and hope are common synonyms of look. While all three words mean "to await some occurrence or outcome," look, with to, implies assurance that expectations will be fulfilled; with for it implies less assurance and suggests an attitude of expectancy and watchfulness.

looks to a tidy profit from the sale

look for rain when the wind shifts to the northeast

When might expect be a better fit than look?

The meanings of expect and look largely overlap; however, expect implies a high degree of certainty and usually involves the idea of preparing or envisioning.

expects to be finished by Tuesday

When is it sensible to use hope instead of look?

While the synonyms hope and look are close in meaning, 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

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

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“Look.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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