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glimpsed; glimpsing

transitive verb

: to get a brief look at
glimpsed him as he sped by in his car

intransitive verb

: to look briefly
glimpsed at the letter and then threw it aside
archaic : glimmer
glimpser noun


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: a fleeting view or look
caught only a glimpse of the mugger
archaic : glimmer

Examples of glimpse in a Sentence

Verb We glimpsed him through the window as his car sped past. just glimpsed at the photo then turned his attention elsewhere Noun We caught a glimpse of him through the window as his car sped past. I only got a glimpse of him as we drove by.
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The fragments of reality espoused and enforced by Pot’s officials are occasionally pierced by cracks in the façade, into which the French trio is able to occasionally glimpse. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 16 May 2024 Instead, tourists from Iceland and around the world swarmed to the site, some getting within 500 or so feet of the eruption, to glimpse the brilliant red and crimson lava gushing from the mountain and cascading down its sides. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for glimpse 

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Word History


Verb and Noun

Middle English glimsen; akin to Middle High German glimsen to glimmer, Old English glǣm gleam

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2


circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of glimpse was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Glimpse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
glimpsed; glimpsing
: to take a brief look : see momentarily or incompletely
glimpsed the deer running
glimpser noun


2 of 2 noun
: a short hurried view
catch a glimpse of something rushing by

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