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glimpse

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Pronunciation: /ɡlɪm(p)s
 
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Definition of glimpse in English:

noun

1A momentary or partial view: she caught a glimpse of the ocean
More example sentences
  • Trying to look past the dull conversation, I caught a glimpse of red from the corner of my eye.
  • The only thing is during all of this, I caught a glimpse of his face and he looked so familiar.
  • She peeked round the corner and caught a glimpse of a police car going slowly down the street.
Synonyms
brief look, quick look;
glance, peek, peep;
sight, sighting;
1.1A brief insight or indication: during the interview he offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of television
More example sentences
  • Shot mostly among red brick suburbs, the film also offers brief glimpses of the modern concrete city centre.
  • There will be brief glimpses into what the future holds as well.
  • Sometimes youth football offers a glimpse of the present, not the future.

verb

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1See or perceive briefly or partially: he glimpsed a figure standing in the shade
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  • Everyone here has heard the stories - or maybe, been on a convoy through the green zone, briefly glimpsed the way that other half lives.
  • We briefly glimpse him alive and well before he is blown from his horse by a shell that destroys a significant part of his face.
  • He briefly glimpses a woman running down the wooded path, but she is far away and disappears around a corner before he can look more closely.
Synonyms
catch sight of, catch/get a glimpse of, see briefly, get a sight of, notice, discern, spot, spy, sight, note, pick out, make out
British informal clock
literary espy, descry
1.1 [no object] archaic Shine or appear faintly or intermittently: glow-worms glimpsing in the dark
More example sentences
  • Rare rays of sunlight glimpsed through the clouds, shining onto the square.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'shine faintly'): probably of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German glimsen, also to glimmer.

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