Synonyms of look in English:



  • 1 Mrs. Wright looked at him she looked out of the window
    glance, gaze, stare, gape, peer, fix one's gaze, focus; peep, peek, take a look; watch, examine, study, inspect, scan, scrutinize, survey, check, contemplate, consider; see, observe, view, regard, pay attention to, take note of, mark, check out; glimpse, spot, spy, lay one's eyes on, catch sight of, eye, take in, ogle
    informal take a gander, give someone/something a/the once-over, have a squint, get a load of, rubberneck, recce
    British informal take a dekko, take a butcher's, take a shufti, clock, gawp
    North American informal eyeball
    archaic behold, espy, descry
    [Antonyms] ignore
  • 2 a pair of windows looked north over Madison Avenue the breakfast room looks out on to a small patio
    command a view, face, overlook, front
  • 3 both visitors looked shocked
    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, look to be, present as being, strike someone as being
  • Phrases

    look after

    I had to look after my brother after his accidenttake care ofcare forattend totendmindminister totake charge ofsuperviseprotectguardkeep an eye onkeep safebe responsible forwatchsit withnursebabysitchildmind

    look back on

    I look back on my early teenage years with some amazementreflect onthink aboutrememberrecallbring to mindmuse onbrood onponder onreminisce aboutbe nostalgic abouthark back to

    look down on

    my mother had social pretensions and looked down on most of our neighbours
    [Antonyms] look up to
    disdainscornhold in disdainregard with contempttreat with contemptsneer atspurnshundisparagepooh-poohdespise informallook down one's nose atturn up one's nose at

    look for

  • 1 she looked for her comb, but couldn't find it police are looking for two suspects
    search for, hunt for, seek, look about/around/round for, cast about/around/round for, try to find, try to track down, forage for, scout out, quest for/after
  • 2 Jeremiah and Ezekiel looked for the day when God would forge a new covenant with men
    anticipate, expect, await, count on, reckon on, watch for, hope for, look forward to, contemplate, prepare for, envisage
  • look forward to

    I was looking forward to seeing Ted
    [Antonyms] dread
    await with pleasureanticipatewait forbe unable to wait forcount the days untillong forhope for informallick one's lips over

    look into

    the authorities promised to look into the complaintsinvestigateexploreresearchenquire aboutmake enquiries aboutfind out aboutask questions aboutask aboutprobesearch intogo intodelve intodig intoexaminestudyscrutinizecheckanalysefollow upcheck up onpore overtake stock ofvetauditNorth Americancheck out

    look like

    in his overcoat he looks like an undertakerresemblebear a resemblance tolook similar tohave a look ofhave the appearance ofremind one ofput one in mind ofmake one think ofbe the image ofechohave (all) the hallmarks ofsimulatetake after informalbe the spitting image ofbe the spit ofbe a dead ringer forfavour

    look on/upon

    people he looked on as friends took advantage of himregardconsiderthink ofdeemjudgecountseeviewtakereckonbelieve to be

    look out

    you'll be trampled on if you don't look outbewarewatch outbe on (one's) guardbe alertbe warybe vigilantbe carefulbe cautiouspay attentiontake heedheedkeep one's eyes openkeep one's eyes peeled/skinnedkeep an eye outbe on the qui vive

    look something over

    he looked over the reports from the engineerinspectexaminecheckmonitorread throughlook throughscanrun throughcast an eye overleaf throughflick throughflip throughbrowsegive something/someone a/the once-overtake stock ofviewperuse informaltake a dekko atNorth Americancheck outNorth American informaleyeball

    look right through someone

    the woman, once so friendly, now looked right through her
    [Antonyms] acknowledge
    snubignoreslightspurnshundisdainlook pastturn one's back ongive someone the cold shouldercold-shoulderfreeze outsteer clear ofBritishsend to Coventry informalgive someone the brush-offcutcut deadknock backgive someone the go-byBritish informalblank

    look through something

    he began to look through the first few pages of the journal See look something over

    look to

  • 1 we must look to the future
    consider, give thought to, think about, turn one's thoughts to, take heed of, pay attention to, attend to, mind, heed
  • 2 they got themselves into trouble and now look to the government for help
  • look up

    things are looking up for opera these daysimproveshow improvementget betterpick upadvancedevelopcome along/onprogressmake progressmake headwayshape upperk uprallytake a turn for the better

    look someone up

    informal Moira said you were going up to Leeds to look up some old friendsvisitpay a visit tocall ongo to seelook in onNorth Americanvisit withgo see informaldrop in on

    look up to

    Jerry looked up to me
    [Antonyms] look down on
    admirehave a high opinion ofthink highly ofhold in high regardregard highlyrate highlyrespecthold in esteemesteemvaluehonourreverevenerateidolizeworshiphero-worshipadulateput on a pedestallionize


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  • 1 have a look at this report
    glance, observation, view, examination, study, inspection, scan, survey, sight, peep, peek, glimpse, gaze, stare, gape, ogle
    informal eyeful, gander, look-see, once-over, squint, recce
    British informal shufti, dekko, butcher's
    Australian/New Zealand informal geek, squiz
  • 2 the puzzled look on her face turned to one of irritation
  • 3 he had a shifty look about him the kitchen has that rustic look Mary's so fond of
    appearance, air, aspect, bearing, cast, manner, mien, demeanour, features, semblance, guise, facade, impression, effect; atmosphere, mood, quality, ambience, feeling, flavour
  • 4 the latest look for this season is lean and elegant
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    scopophobia fear of being looked at

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