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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
look /lʊk/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- 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.
- to use one's sight in seeking, searching, examining, watching, etc.:[no object]to look through the papers.
- to appear to the eye as specified:[~ + adjective]You look pale.See look like below.
- to appear to the mind;See look like below.
seem: [~ + adjective]Things are looking pretty grim.[~ + noun]He looked a perfect fool.
- to direct attention or consideration:[~ + at]Let's look at the facts.
- to face or give a view:[not: be + ~-ing; no object]The room looks on the garden.
- to give (someone) a look:[~ + object]Can you look me in the eye and say that?
- to have an appearance appropriate to or that fits (one's age, circumstances, etc.):[~ + object]began to look his age.
- (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.
- look after, [~ + after + object] to take care of:a babysitter to look after the kids.
- look ahead, [no object] to think about or plan for the future:Our leaders have to look ahead.
- 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.
- look down on or upon, [~ + down + on/upon + object] to regard with a feeling of superiority or contempt.
- 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.
- look forward to, [~ + forward + object] to anticipate with eagerness or pleasure:She's looking forward to working here.
- look in (on), [~ + in + (on) + object] to visit briefly:The doctor looked in on her patient.
- look into, [~ + into + object] to inquire into;
examine:The detective was looking into the kidnapping.
- 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.
- 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.
- look out, [no object] to be alert to danger;
be careful:Look out; here she comes.
- look out for, [~ + out + for + object] to take watchful care of:My boss was always looking out for me.
- look over, to examine, esp. briefly: [~ + over + object]I looked over your term paper.[~ + object + over]I looked it over.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- the act of looking:Have a look at these figures.
- the way in which a person or thing appears;
aspect:the look of an honest man.
style:the latest look in furniture.
- looks, [plural]
- general aspect;
appearance:We didn't like the looks of the place.
- physical appearance esp. when attractive:all looks and no brains.
(lŏŏk),USA pronunciation v.i.
- 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.
- to glance or gaze in a manner specified:to look questioningly at a person.
- to use one's sight or vision in seeking, searching, examining, watching, etc.:to look through the papers.
- to tend, as in bearing or significance:Conditions look toward war.
- to appear or seem to the eye as specified:to look pale.
- to appear or seem to the mind:The case looks promising.
- to direct attention or consideration:to look at the facts.
- to have an outlook or afford a view:The window looks upon the street.
- to face or front:The house looks to the east.
- to give (someone) a look:He looked me straight in the eye.
- to have an appearance appropriate to or befitting (something):She looked her age.
- to appear to be;
look like:He looked a perfect fool, coming to the party a day late.
- to express or suggest by looks:to look one's annoyance at a person.
- [Archaic.]to bring, put, etc., by looks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Idiomslook daggers, to look at someone with a furious, menacing expression:I could see my partner looking daggers at me.
- look down on or upon, to regard with scorn or disdain;
have contempt for:They look down on all foreigners.
- 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.
- 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.
- Idiomslook forward to, to anticipate with eagerness or pleasure:I always look forward to your visits.
- 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.
- look into, to inquire into;
examine:The auditors are looking into the records to find the cause of the discrepancy.
- 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.
- 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.
- look out for, to take watchful care of;
be concerned about:He has to look out for his health.
- look over, to examine, esp. briefly:Will you please look over my report before I submit it?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- look up to, to regard with admiration or respect;
esteem:A boy needs a father he can look up to.
- the act of looking:a look of inquiry.
- a visual search or examination.
- 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.
- an expressive glance:to give someone a sharp look.
- 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)
- (often followed by at) to direct the eyes (towards): to look at the sea
- (often followed by at) to direct one's attention (towards): let's look at the circumstances
- (often followed by to) to turn one's interests or expectations (towards): to look to the future
- (copula) to give the impression of being by appearance to the eye or mind; seem: that looks interesting
- to face in a particular direction: the house looks north
- to expect, hope, or plan (to do something): I look to hear from you soon, he's looking to get rich
- (followed by for) to search or seek: I looked for you everywhere
- to cherish the expectation (of); hope (for): I look for success
- (followed by to) to be mindful (of): to look to the promise one has made
- to have recourse (to): look to your swords, men!
- to be a pointer or sign: these early inventions looked towards the development of industry
- (followed by into) to carry out an investigation: to look into a mystery
- (transitive) to direct a look at (someone) in a specified way: she looked her rival up and down
- (transitive) to accord in appearance with (something): to look one's age
- look alive, look lively ⇒ hurry up; get busy
- look daggers ⇒
- look here ⇒ an expression used to attract someone's attention, add emphasis to a statement, etc
- look sharp, look smart ⇒ (imperative) to hurry up; make haste
- not look at ⇒ to refuse to consider: they won't even look at my offer of £5000
- not much to look at ⇒ unattractive; plain
- the act or an instance of looking: a look of despair
- a view or sight (of something): let's have a look
- (often plural) appearance to the eye or mind; aspect: the look of innocence, I don't like the looks of this place
- style; fashion
See also look after
- an expression demanding attention or showing annoyance, determination, etc: look, I've had enough of this
, look backEtymology: Old English lōcian; related to Middle Dutch læken, Old High German luogen to look outUSAGE
See at like1
'look about' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):