American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To employ one's sight, especially in a given direction or on a given object: looking out the window; looked at the floor.
- v. To search: We looked all afternoon but could not find it.
- v. To turn one's glance or gaze: looked to the right.
- v. To turn one's attention; attend: looked to his neglected guitar during vacation; looked at the evidence.
- v. To turn one's expectations: looked to us for a solution.
- v. To seem or appear to be: look morose. See Synonyms at seem.
- v. To face in a specified direction: The cottage looks on the river.
- v. To turn one's eyes on: looked him in the eye.
- v. To convey by one's expression: looked annoyance at the judge; looked his devotion to me.
- v. To have an appearance of conformity with: He looks his age. She dressed up to look the part.
- v. To appear to be: looked the fool in one version of the story.
- n. The act or instance of looking: I took just one look and I was sure.
- n. A gaze or glance expressive of something: gave her a mournful look.
- n. Appearance or aspect: a look of great age.
- n. Physical appearance, especially when pleasing.
- n. A distinctive, unified manner of dress or fashion: the preferred look for this fall.
- look after To take care of: looked after his younger brother.
- look for To search for; seek: looking for my gloves.
- look for To expect: Look for a change of weather in March.
- look into To inquire into; investigate: The police looked into the disturbance.
- on To regard in a certain way: looked on them as incompetents.
- look out To be watchful or careful; take care: If you don't look out, you may fall on the ice. We looked out for each other on the trip.
- look over To examine or inspect, often in hasty fashion: looked over the proposal before the meeting.
- look to Usage Problem To expect or hope to: He looked to hear from her within a week.
- look to Usage Problem To seem about to; promise to: "an 'Action Program,' which ... looked to reduce tariffs on over 1,800 items” ( Alan D. Romberg).
- look up To search for and find, as in a reference book.
- look up To visit: look up an old friend.
- look up To become better; improve: Things are at last looking up.
- idiom. look a gift horse in the mouth Informal To be critical or suspicious of something one has received without expense.
- idiom. alive Informal To act or respond quickly: Look alive! We leave in five minutes.
- idiom. on To regard with contempt or condescension.
- idiom. at To regard with contempt or condescension.
- idiom. look forward to To think of (a future event) with pleasurable, eager anticipation: looking forward to graduation.
- idiom. look in on To visit: I look in on my grandparents each weekend.
- idiom. look the other way To deliberately overlook something: knew the student was cheating but decided to look the other way.
- idiom. look up to To admire: looked up to her mother.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To exercise the sense or faculty of vision; use the eyes in seeing; fix the sight upon some object, or upon some point or portion of space. Used— Absolutely.
- Before a word or phrase signifying direction, manner, or purpose: as, look here; look there; he looked back; to look for something lost.
- Before a preposition governing the thing seen or an intervening object or medium: as, to look at a house; to look over a wall or through a window; to look into a mirror or a book; to look upon the wine.
- To afford a view or outlook; have a direction; face or be turned: usually with on, upon, to, or toward: as, the windows look toward the ocean; the house looks upon a narrow street.
- To keep watch; be careful; take heed; see to it: as, he looks after my luggage: used intensively in the ejaculatory phrases look out! look sharp!
- To seem to the view; have the appearance of being; appear: as, he looks like his brother; it looks as if it would rain; the patient looks better.
- To strive to seem; put on the appearance of being; assume to be.
- To exercise mental vision or observation (in a certain way); direct the mind or understanding; take notice: often with at.
- To have a prospect or anticipation; direct the mind expectantly; be in expectation of or with regard to something.
- To expect; look forward to.
- To consider; be concerned about.
- To expect; count upon: as, to look for good news.
- To esteem; hold in estimation: formerly used absolutely in a good sense.
- To consider; regard; view: with as after the object: as, to look upon a remark as an affront.
- To be quick; make haste.
- To see through: see or understand perfectly.
- To resort to or depend upon for something with confidence or expectation: as, he looks to me for payment.
- Synonyms Appear, etc. See seem.
- To see to; take care of.
- To look or search for; seek; expect.
- To search; inspect. [Rare.]
- To affect in some way by the manner of looking or appearing: as, to look one out of countenance.
- To express or manifest by looks, or by the general aspect.
- To pay a visit to; call upon: as, I must look you up some day. [Colloq.]
- n. Visual or facial expression; cast of countenance; personal aspect: often used in the plural with a singular sense: as, a benevolent look; his looks are against him.
- n. Appearance or seeming in general; the quality of anything as judged by the eye or the understanding: as, I do not like the look of the sky; the look of the thing (an action, a proposition, or the like) is bad.
- n. The act of looking or seeing; glance: as, loving looks.
- n. Synonyms Appearance, complexion, mien, manner, air.
- n. Sight, glance, gaze.
- See louk.
- To cheer up; take courage.
- To advance; improve: as, business is looking up.
- v. intransitive To try to see, to pay attention to with one’s eyes.
- v. To appear, to seem.
- v. copulative To give an appearance of being.
- v. intransitive To search for, to try to find.
- v. To face or present a view.
- v. To expect or anticipate.
- v. transitive To express or manifest by a look.
- v. transitive To make sure of, to see to.
- n. The action of looking, an attempt to see.
- n. often plural Physical appearance, visual impression.
- n. A facial expression.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To direct the eyes for the purpose of seeing something; to direct the eyes toward an object; to observe with the eyes while keeping them directed; -- with various prepositions, often in a special or figurative sense. See Phrases below.
- v. To direct the attention (to something); to consider; to examine.
- v. To seem; to appear; to have a particular appearance
- v. To have a particular direction or situation; to face; to front.
- v. In the imperative: see; behold; take notice; take care; observe; -- used to call attention.
- v. To show one's self in looking, as by leaning out of a window. Sometimes used figuratively.
- v. To await the appearance of anything; to expect; to anticipate.
- v. To look at; to turn the eyes toward.
- v. obsolete To seek; to search for.
- v. obsolete To expect.
- v. To influence, overawe, or subdue by looks or presence as, to
- v. To express or manifest by a look.
- n. The act of looking; a glance; a sight; a view; -- often in certain phrases.
- n. Expression of the eyes and face; manner.
- n. Appearance; aspect.
- v. have a certain outward or facial expression
- v. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
- v. search or seek
- v. convey by one's expression
- n. the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
- n. the feelings expressed on a person's face
- v. look forward to the probable occurrence of
- v. take charge of or deal with
- v. perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
- v. have faith or confidence in
- n. physical appearance
- v. accord in appearance with
- v. be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
- n. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
- From Middle English loken, lokien, from Old English lōcian ("to see, behold, look, gaze, observe, notice, take heed, belong, pertain, regard with favor"), from Proto-Germanic *lōkōnan, *lōgēnan (“to look”) (compare West Frisian loaitsje, Middle Dutch loeken), German dialectal lugen ("to look out")), from Proto-Indo-European *lAg- (“to look, see”) (compare Welsh llygat ("eye"), Tocharian AB läk- ("to see"), Sanskrit लक्षति (lakṣati, "he sees, perceives")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English loken, from Old English lōcian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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