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American English: /lʊk/
British English: /lʊk/

Translation of look in Spanish:


  • 1 (glance) he shot me a look full of hatred
    me lanzó una mirada llena de odio
    if looks could kill …
    si las miradas mataran …
    she got some odd looks
    la miraron como a un bicho raro [colloquial]
    she gave him such a look
    ¡lo miró de una manera …!
    to have or take a look at something/somebody
    echarle un vistazo a algo/alguien
    I bought this — let's have a look
    compré esto — ¿a ver?
    let's have a look at you
    déjame que te vea (bien)
    take a look and see if he's back yet
    mira a ver si ha vuelto ya
    I want the doctor to take a look at you
    quiero que te vea el médico
    have or take a good look at the picture
    fíjate bien en el cuadro
    mira bien el cuadro
    I had a quick look at the newspaper
    le eché una ojeada al periódico
    we'll be taking a good look at our housing policy
    revisaremos detenidamente nuestra política de vivienda
    I got a good look at the thief
    pude ver muy bien al ladrón
    I'll have to take a long, hard look at the figures
    tendré que estudiar detenidamente las cifras
    let's take a look around the cathedral
    vamos a echarle un vistazo a la catedral
    a look back over the week's events
    un vistazo a los acontecimientos de la semana
    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.
  • 2 (search, examination) have a look for my pipe, will you?
    mira a ver si me encuentras la pipa, por favor
    I'll have a look under the bed
    miraré debajo de la cama
    do you mind if I take a look around?
    ¿le importa si echo un vistazo?
  • 3 3.1 (expression) with a look of despair
    con cara de desesperación or de desesperado
    there was a look of absolute bewilderment on his face
    tenía cara de estar totalmente confundido
    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.
    3.2 (appearance) the house had a familiar/strange look about it
    la casa tenía un aire familiar/extraño
    she has the look of her mother when she smiles
    se parece a su madre cuando sonríe
    I don't like the look of his friend
    no me gusta el aspecto de su amigo
    no me gusta la pinta de su amigo [colloquial]
    I don't like the look of the weather
    no me gusta cómo se está poniendo el tiempo
    by the look(s) of things
    según parece
    he's down on his luck by the look(s) of him
    a juzgar por su aspecto, está pasando una mala racha
    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.
    3.3 (Clothing) the sporty look
    la moda deportiva
    el look deportivo
    I need a new look
    tengo que cambiar de imagen
    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.
    also: looks plural
    (beauty) she was attracted by his good looks
    la atrajo lo guapo que era
    la atrajo lo buen mozo que era (Latin America)
    she hasn't lost her looks
    sigue tan guapa como siempre
    no ha perdido su belleza
    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.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (see, glance) I didn't know where or which way to look
    no sabía para dónde mirar
    I looked around and saw him advancing toward me
    me volví a mirar or miré hacia atrás y vi que se me acercaba
    you only have to look around (you)
    no tienes más que mirar a tu alrededor
    to look away
    apartar la vista
    mirar para otro lado
    from the tower you can look down over the whole city
    desde la torre se ve toda la ciudad
    she looked down/up the street
    miró calle abajo/arriba
    she looked down in embarrassment
    bajó la vista or los ojos avergonzada
    look into my eyes
    mírame a los ojos
    people are always looking in through the windows
    la gente siempre está mirando (hacia adentro) por las ventanas
    look out (of) the window
    mira por la ventana
    she looked over the fence
    miró por encima de la valla
    she looked across at me
    miró hacia donde yo estaba
    I waved but he just looked straight past me
    le hice adiós, pero no me vio
    (deliberately) le hice adiós, pero ni me miró
    he looked straight or right through me
    me miró sin verme
    she looked up from her book
    levantó la vista del libro
    to look on the bright side of something
    ver el lado bueno or positivo de algo
    look on the bright side, nobody was hurt
    hay que ver el lado bueno de las cosas: por lo menos nadie se hizo daño
    to look the other way
    (ignore) hacer la vista gorda
    (lit) apartar la vista
    mirar para otro lado
    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.
    1.2 (as interjection) look! a squirrel!
    ¡mira! ¡una ardilla!
    look, we can't go on arguing like this (now) look here
    ¡oye tú!
    ¡escucha un momento!
    1.3 (face) our window looks north
    nuestra ventana da al norte or está orientada al norte
    to look onto something
    dar a algo
    1.4 (search, investigate) have you looked under the bed?
    ¿has mirado debajo de la cama?
    look and see if there's any mail
    fíjate a ver si hay correo
    you need look no further
    no necesita buscar más
    look before you leap
    mira lo que haces
    mira dónde te metes
    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.
    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.
    1.5 (aim, hope)to look to + infinitivewe were looking to finish by Friday
    queríamos or esperábamos terminar antes del viernes
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    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.
  • 2 (seem, appear) he looks well/ill
    tiene buena/mala cara
    she looks unhappy
    parece (que está) triste
    se la ve triste (Latin America)
    don't look so shocked/miserable
    no pongas esa cara de asombro/pena
    she was bustling around trying to look important
    andaba de acá para allá haciéndose la importante
    the two sisters look very similar
    las dos hermanas se parecen mucho
    he looks like his father
    se parece a su padre
    it looks like a camel
    parece un camello
    he's 60, but looks 20 years younger
    tiene 60 años, pero aparenta or representa 20 menos
    he looks younger than he is
    parece más joven de lo que es
    you made me look a fool
    me hiciste quedar en ridículo
    I wanted to look my best
    quería estar lo mejor posible
    she's 40 and she looks it
    no puede negar que tiene 40 años
    tiene 40 años y se le notan
    how does it look to you?
    ¿a ti qué te parece?
    Congress looks certain to reject the motion
    parece que el Congreso rechazará la moción
    it looks like rain he makes Tarzan look like a wimp [humorous]
    a su lado Tarzán parece un alfeñique [humorous]
    will they stay? — it looks like it
    ¿se quedarán? — parece que sí or eso parece
    to look as if or as thoughit looks as though it's healing nicely
    parece que está cicatrizando bien
    you look as though you could use a drink
    me da la impresión de que no te vendría mal un trago
    you look as though you've just seen a ghost
    ¡ni que hubieras visto un fantasma!
    it looks as if we're going to be on our own
    parece (ser) que vamos a estar solos
    to look alive or lively or (British also) sharp [colloquial]
    espabilar [colloquial]

transitive verb

  • he looked me straight in the eye/face
    me miró a los ojos/a la cara
    to look somebody up and down
    mirar a alguien de arriba (a) abajo
    now look what you've made me do!
    ¡mira lo que me has hecho hacer!
    look where you're going!
    ¡mira por dónde vas!
    look who's here!
    ¡mira quién está aquí!

Phrasal verbs

look after

verb + preposition + object
(care for, protect) (invalid/child/animal)
cuidar de
he's old enough to look after himself
ya es grandecito y puede arreglárselas solo
he doesn't look after himself
no se cuida
he's just looking after his own interests
solo mira por or protege sus propios intereses
look after yourself!
2 (keep watch on) will you look after Tommy for a minute?
¿me cuidas or me vigilas a Tommy un momento?
3 (be responsible for)
encargarse or ocuparse de
he looks after the shop while we're away
se encarga or se ocupa de la tienda mientras no estamos

look ahead

verb + adverb
1 (in space)
mirar hacia adelante
2 (into the future)
mirar hacia el futuro
looking ahead to next year …
de cara al año que viene …

look around

1verb + adverb, verb + preposition + object (survey, investigate) I want to look around a little longer before deciding on a car
quiero mirar un poco más antes de decidirme por un coche
could we look around the house?
¿podríamos ver la casa?
2verb + adverb (seek)to look around for something
buscar algo
we're looking around for somebody to replace Smith
estamos buscando a alguien para sustituir a Smith
see alsolook 2 1 1

look at

verb + preposition + object
my husband has never looked at another woman
mi marido no ha mirado nunca a otra mujer
he's not much to look at
muy atractivo no es
to look at her, you'd think she was really weak
tiene todo el aspecto de una persona débil
look at the time!
¡mira qué hora es!
look at me for instance
mírame a mí, por ejemplo
he said he'd never marry, and look at him now!
¡decía que no se casaría nunca y ahí lo tienes!
there's $50 missing — well, don't look at me!
faltan 50 dólares — bueno, a mí no me mires
2 2.1 (consider)
we're looking at ways of increasing productivity
estamos considerando or estudiando cómo podemos aumentar la productividad
look at it from my point of view
míralo or considéralo desde mi punto de vista
it depends on how you look at it
depende de cómo lo mires
they wouldn't even look at my proposal
ni siquiera consideraron mi propuesta
the program looks at university life
el programa enfoca la vida universitaria
2.2 (contemplate) [colloquial]you're looking at $6,000 at least to get the roof fixed
hay que pensar en or calcular 6.000 dólares como mínimo para hacer arreglar el techo
I'd say you were looking at 5 months
yo diría que hay que calcular unos cinco meses
(examine, check) (patient/arm/graze)
checar (Mexico)

look back

verb + adverb
1 (in space) he walked away without looking back
se alejó sin mirar (hacia) atrás
2 (into the past) looking back, it seems foolish
mirándolo ahora, parece una locura
we can look back on ten years of successful partnership
ya llevamos diez años asociados con éxito
the program looks back over the last 20 years of television
el programa es una retrospectiva de los últimos veinte años en televisión
they married five weeks later and they've never looked back
se casaron cinco semanas después y desde entonces todo ha marchado sobre ruedas

look down on

verb + adverb + preposition + object
mirar por encima del hombro a

look for

verb + preposition + object
1 (seek, search for)
I've been looking for you everywhere
te he estado buscando por todas partes
what do you look for in a secretary/friend?
¿qué esperas de una secretaria/un amigo?
are you looking for trouble?
¿estás buscando camorra?
2 (expect) [literary]

look forward to

verb + adverb + preposition + object
I'm really looking forward to tomorrow/my birthday
estoy deseando que llegue mañana/mi cumpleaños
I'm really looking forward to the trip
tengo muchas ganas de hacer el viaje
el viaje me hace mucha ilusión (Spain)
we can only look forward to a time when such measures will no longer be needed
solo podemos esperar que llegue el momento en que tales medidas no sean necesarias
see you on Friday, then — I'll look forward to that
lo vemos el viernes, entonces — sí, por supuesto, con mucho gusto
to look forward to -ingI look forward to hearing from you soon
esperando tener pronto noticias suyas
I'm looking forward to meeting him
tengo ganas de conocerlo
I'm not looking forward to having to work with her
la idea de tener que trabajar con ella no me hace ninguna gracia

look in

verb + adverb
(pay visit) I just looked in to say hello
solo pasé a saludar
I looked in at the library
pasé por la biblioteca
to look in on somebody
ir a ver a alguien
I look in on her from time to time
de vez en cuando la voy a ver or paso por su casa

look into

verb + preposition + object

look on

1verb + adverb (watch passively) we looked on helplessly as the flames took hold
mirábamos impotentes mientras las llamas se afianzaban
2verb + preposition + object (regard) they look on us as cheap labor
nos consideran mano de obra barata

look out

1verb + adverb 1.1 (be careful)
tener cuidado
look out!
if she doesn't look out, she'll get fired
como no tenga cuidado, la van a echar
1.2 (overlook)to look out on or over something
dar a algo
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (search for) (British)

look out for

verb + adverb + preposition + object
1 (be on the watch for) here are some bargains to look out for …
esté atento y no se pierda estas gangas …
look out for her at the station
fíjate a ver si la ves en la estación
we were warned to look out for thieves
nos advirtieron que tuviéramos cuidado con los ladrones
common pitfalls to look out for
errores comunes de los que hay que cuidarse
2 (protest on behalf of) (US)
salir en defensa de

look over

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(examine, check) (work/contract)
checar (Mexico)
2verb + preposition + object (make tour of)

look round

(esp British)
look around

look through

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (check) 2verb + preposition + object (peruse)
echarle un vistazo a

look to

verb + preposition + object
1 (rely on) to look to religion for strength
buscar fortaleza en la religión
they are looking to you for guidance
esperan que tú los guíes
2 (attend to) [literary]

look up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (try to find)
buscar (en el diccionario)
1.2 (visit)
ir a ver
look me up next time you're in Houston
ven a verme la próxima vez que estés en Houston
2verb + adverb (improve) things are/business is looking up
las cosas/los negocios van mejorando

look upon

look on 2

look up to

verb + adverb + preposition + object
I've always looked up to my uncle
siempre he admirado or respetado a mi tío
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