look




When you look, you focus your vision on someone or something. If you get to the movie late, you’ll have to look for your friends in the darkened theater.

The Old English word locian is the root of look, meaning “see, gaze, or spy.” When you look at something, you see it. Look can also describe how something appears, like when your dog looks sad, or something likely to happen, like a gray day that looks like rain. As a noun, look describes someone’s style of dress, like your brother, whose rock star look gets lots of compliments — except from Grandpa.

Definitions of look
  1. verb

    perceive with attention; direct one’s gaze towards

    “She
    looked over the expanse of land”
    Look at your child!”
    Look–a deer in the backyard!”
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    stare

    fixate one’s eyes
    get a load, have a look, take a look

    look at with attention
    look back, look backward

    look towards one’s back
    look away

    avert one’s gaze
    look around

    look about oneself
    gaze, stare

    look at with fixed eyes
    consider, regard

    look at attentively
    ogle

    look at with amorous intentions
    give the glad eye

    look seductively at someone
    leer

    look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression
    gape, gawk, gawp, goggle

    look with amazement; look stupidly
    admire

    look at with admiration
    peep

    look furtively
    glance, glint, peek

    throw a glance at; take a brief look at
    gloat

    gaze at or think about something with great self-satisfaction, gratification, or joy
    eye, eyeball

    look at
    give the eye, give the once over

    look at with a critical eye
    squint

    be cross-eyed; have a squint or strabismus
    peer

    look searchingly
    glare, glower

    look at with a fixed gaze
    outface, outstare, stare down

    overcome or cause to waver or submit by (or as if by) staring
    stargaze

    observe the stars

  2. verb

    look forward to the probable occurrence of

    “She is
    looking to a promotion”
    synonyms:
    await, expect, wait

    anticipate, expect

    regard something as probable or likely
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    expect

    look forward to the birth of a child
    look forward

    expect or hope for
    look to

    turn one’s interests or expectations towards
    hang on, hold on, hold the line

    hold the phone line open
    anticipate, look for, look to

    be excited or anxious about
    apprehend, quail at

    anticipate with dread or anxiety

  3. noun

    the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

    “he went out to have a
    look
    “his
    look was fixed on her eyes”
    “he gave it a good
    looking at”
    “his camera does his
    looking for him”
    synonyms:
    looking, looking at
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    coup d’oeil, glance, glimpse

    a quick look
    scrutiny

    a prolonged intense look
    peek, peep

    a secret look
    squint

    the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed
    stare

    a fixed look with eyes open wide
    evil eye

    a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harm
    rubber-necking, sightseeing

    going about to look at places of interest
    observance, observation, watching

    the act of observing; taking a patient look
    lookout, outlook

    the act of looking out
    sight, survey, view

    the act of looking or seeing or observing
    dekko

    British slang for a look
    eye-beaming

    a radiant glance of the eye
    side-glance, side-look

    a glance sideways
    gaze, regard

    a long fixed look
    glare, glower

    an angry stare
    contemplation

    a long and thoughtful observation
    gape

    a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
    monitoring

    the act of observing something (and sometimes keeping a record of it)
    sighting

    the act of observing
    stargazing

    observation of the stars
    eyeful

    a full view; a good look
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    perception, sensing

    becoming aware of something via the senses

  4. verb

    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

    “This project
    looks fishy”
    synonyms:
    appear, seem
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    make

    appear to begin an activity
    cut

    give the appearance or impression of
    feel

    produce a certain impression
    pass off

    be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity
    sound

    appear in a certain way
    come across

    be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression
    beam, glow, radiate, shine

    have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
    gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, shine

    be shiny, as if wet
    jump, jump out, leap out, stand out, stick out

    be highly noticeable
    lift, rear, rise

    rise up
    loom

    come into view indistinctly, often threateningly
    feel

    be felt or perceived in a certain way
    spangle

    glitter as if covered with spangles
    hulk, loom, predominate, tower

    appear very large or occupy a commanding position
    shimmer

    give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
    crawl

    feel as if crawling with insects
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    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  5. verb

    have a certain outward or facial expression

    “How does she
    look?”
    “The child
    looks unhappy”
    “She
    looked pale after the surgery”
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    types:

    squint

    partly close one’s eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light
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    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  6. verb

    accord in appearance with

    “You don’t
    look your age!”
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

    be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

  7. verb

    convey by one’s expression

    “She
    looked her devotion to me”
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    convey

    make known; pass on, of information

  8. noun

    physical appearance

    “I don’t like the
    looks of this place”
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    appearance, visual aspect

    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

  9. noun

    the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

    synonyms:
    feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, smell, spirit, tone
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    Hollywood

    a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry
    Zeitgeist

    the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
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    ambiance, ambience, atmosphere

    a particular environment or surrounding influence

  10. noun

    the feelings expressed on a person’s face

    “a
    look of triumph”
    synonyms:
    aspect, expression, face, facial expression
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    leer

    a suggestive or sneering look or grin
    light, spark, sparkle, twinkle

    merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
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    countenance, visage

    the appearance conveyed by a person’s face

  11. verb

    search or seek

    “We
    looked all day and finally found the child in the forest”
    Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!”
    synonyms:
    search
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    types:

    hunt

    search (an area) for prey
    prospect

    search for something desirable
    horn in, intrude, nose, poke, pry

    search or inquire in a meddlesome way
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    examine, see

    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

  12. verb

    be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to

    “The house
    looks north”
    “My backyard
    look onto the pond”
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    face, front

    face

    be opposite
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    back

    be in back of
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    confront

    be face to face with
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    lie

    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

  13. verb

    take charge of or deal with

    synonyms:
    attend, see, take care
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    minister

    attend to the wants and needs of others
    tend

    have care of or look after
    garden

    work in the garden
    shepherd

    tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
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    care, give care

    provide care for

  14. verb

    have faith or confidence in

    Look to your friends for support”
    synonyms:
    bet, calculate, count, depend, reckon
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    bank, rely, swear, trust

    have confidence or faith in

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