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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
look /lʊk/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to turn one's eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see: [+ at]I'm looking at this book.[no object]She looked out the window.
  2. to use one's sight in seeking, searching, examining, watching, etc.:[no object]to look through the papers.
  3. to appear to the eye as specified:[+ adjective]You look pale.
  4. See look like below.
  5. to appear to the mind;
    seem: [+ adjective]Things are looking pretty grim.[+ noun]He looked a perfect fool.
  6. See look like below.
  7. to direct attention or consideration:[+ at]Let's look at the facts.
  8. to face or give a view:[not: be + ~-ing;  no object]The room looks on the garden.
  9. to give (someone) a look:[+ object]Can you look me in the eye and say that?
  10. to have an appearance appropriate to or that fits (one's age, circumstances, etc.):[+ object]began to look his age.
  11. (used in the imperative form, and sometimes followed by a word like "who, what, when, where, how'' etc.) to observe or pay attention to: [+ object]Now look what you've done! Look how beautifully he skates.[no object]Look, I'm tired of this![+ at]Look at what's happened.
  12. look after, [+ after + object] to take care of:a babysitter to look after the kids.
  13. look ahead, [no object] to think about or plan for the future:Our leaders have to look ahead.
  14. look back, [no object]
    • to review past events:looking back to his childhood.
    • never look back, to have great success:started her own business and never looked back.
  15. look down on or  upon, [+ down + on/upon + object] to regard with a feeling of superiority or contempt.
  16. look for, [+ for + object]
    • to seek;
      search for:I've been looking for you.
    • to anticipate;
      expect:I'll look for you at the reception.
  17. look forward to, [+ forward + object] to anticipate with eagerness or pleasure:She's looking forward to working here.
  18. look in (on), [+ in + (on) + object] to visit briefly:The doctor looked in on her patient.
  19. look into, [+ into + object] to inquire into;
    examine:The detective was looking into the kidnapping.
  20. look like, [not: be + ~-ing]
    • [+ object] to resemble:She looks just like her father.
    • [+ clause] to have the appearance of;
      seem to the eye to be:He looks like he's working.
    • [+ clause] to seem to the mind to be:Things look like they can't get much worse.
    • [It + ~ + clause] to be probable that:It looks like we'll be late.
  21. look on: 
    • [no object] to be a spectator;
    • Also,  look upon. [+ upon + object + as + object] to consider;
      regard:She looked on him as a son.
  22. look out, [no object] to be alert to danger;
    be careful:Look out; here she comes.
  23. look out for, [+ out + for + object] to take watchful care of:My boss was always looking out for me.
  24. look over, to examine, esp. briefly: [+ over + object]I looked over your term paper.[+ object + over]I looked it over.
  25. look to, [+ to + object]
    • to depend on:to look to the president for leadership.
    • to expect or anticipate:We look to a brighter future for our children.
  26. look up: 
    • [no object] to become better or more prosperous;
      improve:The business is looking up.
    • to search for, as an item of information, in a reference book or the like: [+ object + up]looking words up in the dictionary.[+ up + object]Don't look up every word.
    • to seek out, esp. to visit: [+ up + object]to look up an old friend.[+ object + up]to look him up next time.
  27. look up to, [+ up + to + object] to regard with admiration or respect:A lot of people look up to you, so don't let them down.

n. [countable]
  1. the act of looking:Have a look at these figures.
  2. the way in which a person or thing appears;
    aspect:the look of an honest man.
  3. fashion;
    style:the latest look in furniture.
  4. looks, [plural]
    • general aspect;
      appearance:We didn't like the looks of the place.
    • physical appearance esp. when attractive:all looks and no brains.
    See see.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
look  (lŏŏk),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to turn one's eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see:He looked toward the western horizon and saw the returning planes.
  2. to glance or gaze in a manner specified:to look questioningly at a person.
  3. to use one's sight or vision in seeking, searching, examining, watching, etc.:to look through the papers.
  4. to tend, as in bearing or significance:Conditions look toward war.
  5. to appear or seem to the eye as specified:to look pale.
  6. to appear or seem to the mind:The case looks promising.
  7. to direct attention or consideration:to look at the facts.
  8. to have an outlook or afford a view:The window looks upon the street.
  9. to face or front:The house looks to the east.

  1. to give (someone) a look:He looked me straight in the eye.
  2. to have an appearance appropriate to or befitting (something):She looked her age.
  3. to appear to be;
    look like:He looked a perfect fool, coming to the party a day late.
  4. to express or suggest by looks:to look one's annoyance at a person.
  5. [Archaic.]to bring, put, etc., by looks.
  6. look after: 
    • to follow with the eye, as someone or something moving away:She looked after him as he walked toward the train station.
    • to pay attention to;
      concern oneself with:to look after one's own interests.
    • to take care of;
      minister to:to look after a child.
  7. look back, to review past events;
    return in thought:When I look back on our school days, it seems as if they were a century ago.
  8. Idiomslook daggers, to look at someone with a furious, menacing expression:I could see my partner looking daggers at me.
  9. look down on or  upon, to regard with scorn or disdain;
    have contempt for:They look down on all foreigners.
  10. Idiomslook down one's nose at, to regard with an overbearing attitude of superiority, disdain, or censure:The more advanced students really looked down their noses at the beginners.
  11. look for: 
    • to seek;
      search for:Columbus was looking for a shorter route to India when he discovered America.
    • to anticipate;
      expect:I'll be looking for you at the reception.
  12. Idiomslook forward to, to anticipate with eagerness or pleasure:I always look forward to your visits.
  13. look in: 
    • Also,  look into. to look briefly inside of:Look in the jar and tell me if any cookies are left.
    • Also,  look in on. to visit (a person, place, etc.) briefly:I'll look in some day next week.
  14. look into, to inquire into;
    examine:The auditors are looking into the records to find the cause of the discrepancy.
  15. look on or  upon: 
    • to be a spectator;
      watch:The crowd looked on at the street brawl.
    • to consider;
      regard:They look upon gambling as sinful.
  16. look out: 
    • to look to the outside, as from a window or a place of observation:From her office window, she could look out over the bustling city.
    • to be vigilant or on guard:Look out, there are dangers ahead.
    • to afford a view;
      face:The room looks out on the garden.
  17. look out for, to take watchful care of;
    be concerned about:He has to look out for his health.
  18. look over, to examine, esp. briefly:Will you please look over my report before I submit it?
  19. Idiomslook sharp: 
    • to be alert and quick:If you want to get ahead, you must look sharp.
    • British TermsAlso, look slippy. to hurry:You'd better look sharp! It's getting late.
  20. look to: 
    • to direct one's glance or gaze to:If you look to your left, you can see the Empire State Building.
    • to pay attention to:Look to your own affairs and stay out of mine.
    • to direct one's expectations or hopes to:We look to the day when world peace will be a reality.
    • to regard with expectation and anticipation:We look to the future and greater advances in science and technology.
  21. look up: 
    • to direct the eyes upward;
      raise one's glance:The other guests looked up as she entered the room.
    • to become better or more prosperous;
      improve:Business is looking up.
    • to search for, as an item of information, in a reference book or the like:Look up the answer in the encyclopedia.
    • to seek out, esp. to visit:to look up an old friend.
    • Naval Terms[Naut.](of a sailing ship) to head more nearly in the direction of its destination after a favoring change of wind.
  22. look up to, to regard with admiration or respect;
    esteem:A boy needs a father he can look up to.

  1. the act of looking:a look of inquiry.
  2. a visual search or examination.
  3. the way in which a person or thing appears to the eye or to the mind;
    aspect:He has the look of an honest man. The tablecloth has a cheap look.
  4. an expressive glance:to give someone a sharp look.
  5. looks: 
    • general aspect;
      appearance:to like the looks of a place.
    • attractive, pleasing appearance.
  • bef. 900; (verb, verbal) Middle English lōk(i)en, Old English lōcian; cognate with Middle Dutch lœken, akin to dialect, dialectal German lugen to look out; (noun, nominal) Middle English loke act of looking, glance, countenance, derivative of the verb, verbal
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  watch. 
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  seem. 
    • 33.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gaze, glance.
    • 34.See corresponding entry in Unabridged appearance, air.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
look /lʊk/ vb (mainly intr)
  1. (often followed by at) to direct the eyes (towards): to look at the sea
  2. (often followed by at) to direct one's attention (towards): let's look at the circumstances
  3. (often followed by to) to turn one's interests or expectations (towards): to look to the future
  4. (copula) to give the impression of being by appearance to the eye or mind; seem: that looks interesting
  5. to face in a particular direction: the house looks north
  6. to expect, hope, or plan (to do something): I look to hear from you soon, he's looking to get rich
  7. (followed by for) to search or seek: I looked for you everywhere
  8. to cherish the expectation (of); hope (for): I look for success
  9. (followed by to) to be mindful (of): to look to the promise one has made
  10. to have recourse (to): look to your swords, men!
  11. to be a pointer or sign: these early inventions looked towards the development of industry
  12. (followed by into) to carry out an investigation: to look into a mystery
  13. (transitive) to direct a look at (someone) in a specified way: she looked her rival up and down
  14. (transitive) to accord in appearance with (something): to look one's age
  15. look alive, look livelyhurry up; get busy
  16. look daggers
    See dagger
  17. look herean expression used to attract someone's attention, add emphasis to a statement, etc
  18. look sharp, look smart ⇒ (imperative) to hurry up; make haste
  19. not look atto refuse to consider: they won't even look at my offer of £5000
  20. not much to look atunattractive; plain
  1. the act or an instance of looking: a look of despair
  2. a view or sight (of something): let's have a look
  3. (often plural) appearance to the eye or mind; aspect: the look of innocence, I don't like the looks of this place
  4. style; fashion
sentence connector
  1. an expression demanding attention or showing annoyance, determination, etc: look, I've had enough of this

See also look after, look backEtymology: Old English lōcian; related to Middle Dutch læken, Old High German luogen to look out

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