- 1Direct one’s gaze toward someone or something or in a specified direction: people were looking at him they looked up as he came quietly into the roomMore example sentences
glance at, gaze at, stare at, gape at, peer at; peep at, peek, take a look at; watch, observe, view, regard, examine, inspect, eye, scan, scrutinize, survey, study, contemplate, consider, take in, ogle• informal take a gander at, rubberneck, goggle, give someone/something a/the once-over, get a load of, eyeball• literary behold
- When it came to a standstill, I was holding tight onto the table and looking at another passenger, who was looking down at me.
- I looked nervously around to see if anyone was looking at me, then back up the path toward her.
- I looked to my left, and a man was in the corner was looking at me over his shoulder with a big grin on his face.
- 1.1(Of a building or room) have a view or outlook in a specified direction: the principal rooms look out over Nahant BayMore example sentences
command a view of, face, overlook, front
- Double rooms look over Rocky Bay with views to the ocean.
- Bedroom 4 is the most peaceful room in the Inn with French doors looking out on the garden courtyard and fountain.
- The restaurant had a dining room that looked over the bay.
- 1.2 (look through) Ignore (someone) by pretending not to see them: he glanced up once but looked right through meMore example sentences
- I'm one of those people everyone looks through, like a window or a ghost or the air.
- Their parents didn't pay any attention at all and looked through the men just as the men looked through the children.
- He seemed to be looking right through her.
- 1.3 [with object] • dated Express or show (something) by one’s gaze: Poirot looked a questionMore example sentences
- Brenda and Larry looked a question at each other.
- Jones looked an enquiry at His Highness, who nodded assent.
- I thought of the gentle eyes which had once looked love at me.
- 1.4 (look something over) Inspect something quickly with a view to establishing its merits: they looked over a property on Ryer AvenueMore example sentences
- Dad will first take the two tickets and look them over like a valuator inspecting diamonds.
- I examined the ring, looking it over and wondering if ever it would grace his finger again.
- Now look those files over; I gotta check out the rest of the ship and then you'll be up and away.
- 1.5 (look through) Peruse (a book or other written material): we looked through all the books, and this was still the one we liked bestMore example sentences
- As a child he was often sick and so had plenty of time to learn to read and look through picture books.
- He cannot read or write, and spends his days in prison coloring and looking through comic books.
- I looked through the book and in various places read uncomfortably familiar passages.
- 1.6 (look round/around) Move around (a place or building) in order to view whatever it might contain that is of interest: he spent the morning and afternoon looking around CambridgeMore example sentences
- There were some quaint streets to explore and various interesting shops to look round.
- We spent the day with our friends looking round the lovely old buildings.
- And on June 29, ex-pupils and staff are invited to reunite to have a final look round the building.
- 1.7 (look at/on) Think of or regard in a specified way: I look at tennis differently from some coachesMore example sentences
- Do you feel like you go out there and guys are looking at you a little differently now?
- The children had always regarded her as family, and as a result she looked on them as her own.
- People welcomed and looked on him as a friend regardless of the cause of his visit.
- 1.8 (look at) Examine (a matter, especially a problem) and consider what action to take: a committee is looking at the financing of PBSMore example sentences
- It's just a matter of looking at how your day is structured and finding a free slot.
- Since this came to light we have looked at other matters with other police forces.
- It is the select committee that looks at an issue, rather than at the politics of an issue.
- 1.9 (look into) Investigate: the police looked into his business dealingsMore example sentences
- Police and fire investigators are looking into a spate of suspicious fires in Braintree.
- Investigators are looking into the incident but they are already treating it as suspicious.
- West Yorkshire Police is looking into her claims after she made a complaint.
- 1.10 (look for) Attempt to find: Howard has been looking for youMore example sentences
- When you are looking at each case individually, what are you looking for?
- When I got home I went around my room looking for a book I had to return to the Library.
- We causally walked through the rooms looking for anything that might help in our journey.
- 1.11 [with clause] Ascertain with a quick glance: people finishing work don’t look where they’re goingMore example sentences
- You really should look where you're going. I could have run you down.
- Mobile phone users are less likely to look whether the road is clear before crossing.
- He walked along the street without looking where he put his feet.
- 2Have the appearance or give the impression of being: her father looked unhappy the home looked like a prison [as adjective, in combination]: (-looking) a funny-looking guyMore example sentences
seem, seem to be, appear, appear to be, have the appearance/air of being, give the impression of being, give every appearance/indication of being, strike someone as beingresemble, bear a resemblance to, look similar to, take after, have the look of, have the appearance of, remind one of, make one think of• informal be the spitting image of, be a dead ringer for
- For much of tonight's show she looks bored, unhappy and uncomfortable when singing.
- Recently he has been looking rather grim.
- Last week, she appeared in the papers looking shockingly gaunt, and it was reported she has been hitting the bottle again.
- 2.1 (look like) • informal Show a likelihood of: it doesn’t look like you’ll be moving to BrooklynMore example sentences
- Although they had the best of position, it only ever looked like one team would score.
- He has that knack of playing well every game and always looks like scoring a goal if not two.
- With the game being played in the middle of the field neither team were looking like scoring.
- 2.2 (look oneself) Appear one’s normal, healthy self: he just didn’t look himself at allMore example sentences
- They haven't looked themselves for a little while now.
- He hasn't looked himself since he had to give up his day job at the High Court.
- There have been instances when the opposition just didn't look themselves.
- 3 (look to) Rely on to do or provide something: she will look to you for helpMore example sentences
- It is about the dispossessed who look to us to provide quality public services.
- Since the Defendants are looking to Lloyd's to provide coverage for the claims made, it is necessary to examine the statement of claim.
- However, one look at our eager students reminds us they rely on and look to us for leadership, guidance and motivation.
- 3.1 [with infinitive] Hope or expect to do something: universities are looking to expand their intakesMore example sentences
- This is absolutely vital to the Club as it looks to expand facilities at Balla Town Park.
- A nursery is looking to expand to keep on children who have grown too old for it.
- We are looking to expand into the market and move beyond our core competency of racing games.
- 3.2 • archaic Take care; make sure: Look ye obey the masters of the craftMore example sentences
- Look that you behave well to him.
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- 1An act of directing one’s gaze in order to see someone or something: let me get a closer lookMore example sentences
- He knelt down beside one of the bodies to take a closer look, and looked back up with a furrowed brow.
- And then something happens and you stop and look, the look becomes a gaze, the gaze a stare.
- I thought that the hem on my skirt was looking a bit frayed and decided to take a closer look.
- 1.1An expression of a feeling or thought by directing one’s gaze: Brenton gave me a funny lookMore example sentences
- Anxious looks gave way to expressions of relief and then to quiet smiles of confidence.
- Jay nods and I see that his joking expression has been replaced with a look of sympathy.
- Getting a laptop out on the top deck of a bus gets you some funny looks.
- 1.2A scrutiny or examination: the government should be taking a look at the amount of grant the council receivesMore example sentences
- The many parents that called to have a look and investigate places for their children enjoyed the visit.
- It is time the experts are called in to take a look and suggest measures.
- Tomorrow we will take a quick look at the exam before doing a last review of the work.
- 2The appearance of someone or something, especially as expressing a particular quality: the bedraggled look of the villageMore example sentences
- There have been great reviews about the quality, the look and usability of our site.
- When the lighting is finally in place it will make a huge improvement to the look of the village.
- The seats are supremely comfortable, and the cabin has a real quality look and feel to it.
- 2.1 (looks) A person’s facial appearance considered aesthetically: he had charm, good looks, and an amusing insoucianceMore example sentences
- Becky, working as a governess, resorts to her good looks and alluring personality to move up in society.
- He has the dark good looks necessary for heart-throb status but a question mark has always hung over his talent.
- With her PhD in animal behaviour, natural good looks and easy way with a camera, she's a natural.
- 2.2A style or fashion: Italian designers unveiled their latest lookMore example sentences
- Unlike mohair and go-go boots, some fashion looks never go out of style or out of season.
- The cut is also beautiful, and the look fashionable yet sophisticated.
- She looked good in her black trousers, but it was a casual rather than a fashionable look.
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- Used to call attention to what one is going to say: “Look, this is ridiculous.”More example sentences
- It was as if he were saying to me: look, we are hitting a ball over the net and this is a pretty damn good way to make a living.
- I was actually on the verge of saying to him: look, just forget it, what is it going to prove?
- Had I been in an old comedy film, I would have said something like ‘now look here!’
look one's age
- Appear to be as old as one really is.More example sentences
- I'm coming to the conclusion I don't look my age, and I don't act my age.
- He appeared drawn, his hair grayed, finally looking his age, she was delighted to see.
- She gained some weight, incidentally, and looks her age now.
look before you leap
- • proverb One shouldn’t act without first considering the possible consequences or dangers.More example sentences
- As Simon noted, of course ‘you should look before you leap,’ but it is also true that ‘he who hesitates is lost.’
- The rationale was the same that has guided Carter in much of his post-presidential career: look before you leap.
- Better to go slowly, they say, and look before you leap.
look daggers at
- see dagger.
look for trouble
- see trouble.
look someone in the eye (or face)
- Look directly at someone without showing embarrassment, fear, or shame.More example sentences
- But they never looked me in the eye or addressed me directly.
- She didn't look him in the eye for fear of how he would answer.
- Maybe he would have the best policies, but I could never support any politician who can't look me in the eye and give a straight answer to a question.
look lively (or • dated alive)
- [usually in imperative] • informal Move more quickly and energetically: “Look lively, men!” Charlie shoutedMore example sentences
- ‘Well then look alive,’ Nickel said picking up his two-way radio.
- Look lively gentlemen, here comes part of the welcoming committee.
- Look lively, you two. I'm opening the airlock.
look the other way
- Deliberately ignore wrongdoing by others: the authorities simply seem content to look the other wayMore example sentences
- Will anyone stand up against an employer that discriminates against women or do we just look the other way?
- As long as her second husband kept his trysts private and emotionally uninvolving, she was willing to look the other way.
- He will surround himself with those who look the other way or actually encourage his philandering behavior.
- Be quick.More example sentences
- Look sharp, we've got some incoming cruise missiles.
- Look sharp, all of ye! There are whales hereabouts!
- Come on - look sharp and put your microphones on.
- see small.
look to the future
- Consider and plan for what is in the future, rather than worrying about the past or present.More example sentences
- They feel that entirely too many meetings are steeped in the past and present, rather than looking to the future.
- She said the break would give the family a chance to forget about past worries and look to the future.
- More to the point, he'd lost his interest in life, preferring to dwell on the past rather than look to the future.
look someone up and down
- Scrutinize someone carefully.More example sentences
- She stared at me, looked me up and down and sneered.
- He looked me up and down, his gaze stopping when it reached my eyes.
- Seth looked me up and down, as if checking me for signs of damage.
- Take care of: women who stay at home to look after childrenMore example sentences
- Patients will be treated on a day care basis and be looked after by a team of specialist eye nurses.
- We care for and look after all our customers especially the elderly and disabled.
- She also looked after and nursed her mother for many years up to the time of her death.
- 1Think of the past: don’t waste time looking back on things that have caused you distressMore example sentences
- I tell myself not to look back to the past and I try not to let this situation get me down.
- He didn't see the value in looking back to the past.
- All he had to do was to look back to the past and note how far man had indeed traveled.
- 2 [with negative] Suffer a setback or interrupted progress: she launched her own company in 1981 and has never looked backMore example sentences
- Soon electronic engineering became a thing of the past for Richard and he's never looked back.
- With the help and encouragement of friends, we started to farm - and never looked back.
- I bought 300 books from a collector $3,500 in 1976, and I've never looked back.
- Regard (someone) with a feeling of superiority.More example sentences
- Don't consider me some well-off snob who looks down on all you bus riders because I do not.
- Serving someone was looked down on, and the art of gracious service got lost.
- If you don't make good money you are a loser and may be looked down on, no matter how civilized and ethical you are.
look forward to
- Await eagerly: we look forward to seeing youMore example sentences
await with pleasure, eagerly anticipate, lick one's lips over, be unable to wait for, count the days until
- It promises to be a great occasion for the local community and is eagerly looked forward to.
- He is overjoyed and finds all the people are happy to see him, and he looks forward to the life that awaits him.
- The carnival parade on Sunday afternoon is something everyone looks forward to.
- Make a short visit or call: I will look in on you tomorrowMore example sentences
- I'm sure he looks in every once in a while to check up on what we've all been saying.
- She would ask one of their retired neighbors on the street, a woman, to look in on him every hour or so, if he wanted.
- Would anyone think to look in on an old man who lived by himself?
- Watch without getting involved: Cameron was looking on and making no move to helpMore example sentences
- He looked on and watched as the same girl in his dream climbed into his room through the window.
- He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the boot of his car.
- The coach looked on, inscrutable as he always is when watching from the stands.
- [usually in imperative] Be vigilant and take notice: “Look out!” warned Billie, seeing a movement from the room beyond look out for the early warning signalsMore example sentences
- I just hope they will take notice of warning signs we have put up and look out for them on the roads.
- ‘Look out! Look out!’ they cried to their fellow crew members.
- ‘Look out!’ I yelled, diving toward Scott.
look something out
- British Search for and produce something: I’ve got a catalog somewhere and I’ll look it out if you’re interestedMore example sentences
- If you had alerted me to the application, I would have looked it out.
- It was one of the finest albums of the early 1990s - I must look it out and play it again.
- He said he thought he had a colour photograph of the sinking ship and he promised to look it out for me.
- (Of a situation) improve: things seemed to be looking up at lastMore example sentences
- With an increase in the number of heavy metal record labels things are looking up.
- When events in life take a turn for the better, we say that things are looking up.
- They followed this up with a draw against Down and a win over Louth and things were looking up.
look someone up
- • informal Make social contact with someone.More example sentences
go to visit, pay a visit to, call on, go to see, look in on, visit with, go see• informal drop in on, drop by, pop by
- We emailed for a bit too but are now out of contact - I should probably look her up again some time.
- Man, I seriously need to look you up when I come visit my parents in Spring.
- Sometimes, an Italian friend on a visit to London would look him up.
look something up
- Search for and find a piece of information in a reference book.More example sentences
- I got out a drug book and looked it up, and from what I could read it said 50 mg was the maximum dose that should be given to an adult.
- I make a point of never looking recipes up in a book, it slows me down.
- When was the last time you went to one of your own books and looked something up?
look up to
- Have a great deal of respect for (someone): he needed a model, someone to look up toMore example sentences
- Old people should be looked up to and respected because they do have experiences that we haven't.
- He is someone we can respect and look up to, but he's not so high above us that we feel low and downtrodden.
- This generation looks up to, respects, and admires their parents.
Old English lōcian (verb); related to German dialect lugen.