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.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: look

1
vn
perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
2
vn
give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
physical appearance
3
v
search or seek
4
v
be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
5
v
take charge of or deal with
6
v
have faith or confidence in
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: look
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v 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

v 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

n 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
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v 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)

v 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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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)

v accord in appearance with

“You don't look your age!”
Type of:
agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

v convey by one's expression

“She looked her devotion to me”
Type of:
convey
make known; pass on, of information

n physical appearance

“I don't like the looks of this place”
Type of:
appearance, visual aspect
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

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

Synonyms:
feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, smell, spirit, tone
Types:
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

n 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
Type of:
countenance, visage
the appearance conveyed by a person's face
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v 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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hunt
search (an area) for prey
cruise
look for a sexual partner in a public place
prospect
search for something desirable
horn in, intrude, nose, poke, pry
search or inquire in a meddlesome way
Type of:
examine, see
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
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v 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”
Synonyms:
face, front
face
be opposite
Antonyms:
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
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v 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
Type of:
care, give care
provide care for
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v have faith or confidence in

Look to your friends for support”
Synonyms:
bet, calculate, count, depend, reckon
Type of:
bank, rely, swear, trust
have confidence or faith in
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