Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To employ one's sight, especially in a given direction or on a given object.
  • intransitive verb To search.
  • intransitive verb To turn one's glance or gaze.
  • intransitive verb To turn one's attention; attend.
  • intransitive verb To turn one's expectations.
  • intransitive verb To seem or appear to be.
  • intransitive verb To face in a specified direction.
  • intransitive verb To turn one's eyes on.
  • intransitive verb To convey by one's expression.
  • intransitive verb To have an appearance of conformity with.
  • intransitive verb To appear to be.
  • noun The act or instance of looking.
  • noun A gaze or glance expressive of something.
  • noun Appearance or aspect.
  • noun Physical appearance, especially when pleasing.
  • noun A distinctive, unified manner of dress or fashion.
  • idiom (look a gift horse in the mouth) To be critical or suspicious of something one has received without expense.
  • idiom (alive/sharp) To act or respond quickly.
  • idiom (on/upon) To regard with contempt or condescension.
  • idiom (at/on) To regard with contempt or condescension.
  • idiom (look forward to) To think of (a future event) with pleasurable, eager anticipation.
  • idiom (look in on) To visit.
  • idiom (look the other way) To deliberately overlook something.
  • idiom (look up to) To admire.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cheer up; take courage.
  • To advance; improve: as, business is looking up.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The act of looking or seeing; glance: as, loving looks.
  • noun Synonyms Appearance, complexion, mien, manner, air.
  • noun Sight, glance, gaze.
  • See louk.
  • 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.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English loken, from Old English lōcian.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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")).

Examples

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  • Lòók.

    November 13, 2008

  • Why are you angry?

    November 13, 2008

  • I'm not angry, just diacritical.

    November 13, 2008

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    November 13, 2008

  • Oh, puns! The salt of Wordie.

    November 13, 2008

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    Look: turnip's!

    November 13, 2008

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    November 13, 2008

  • *waiting anxiously for the delightful grocery item*

    November 13, 2008

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    November 13, 2008

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