, looks verb, intransitive
a. To employ one's sight, especially in a given direction or on a given object: looking out the window; looked at the floor.
b. To search: We looked all afternoon but could not find it.
a. To turn one's glance or gaze: looked to the right.
b. To turn one's attention; attend: looked to his neglected guitar during vacation; looked at the evidence.
c. To turn one's expectations: looked to us for a solution.
- To seem or appear to be: look morose. See Synonyms at seem.
- To face in a specified direction: The cottage looks on the river.
- To turn one's eyes on: looked him in the eye.
- To convey by one's expression: looked annoyance at the judge; looked his devotion to me.
a. To have an appearance of conformity with: He looks his age. She dressed up to look the part.
b. To appear to be: looked the fool in one version of the story.
Phrasal Verbs: look after
a. The act or instance of looking: I took just one look and I was sure.
b. A gaze or glance expressive of something: gave her a mournful look.
a. Appearance or aspect: a look of great age.
b. looks Physical appearance, especially when pleasing.
c. A distinctive, unified manner of dress or fashion: the preferred look for this fall.
To take care of: looked after his younger brother. look for
To search for; seek: looking for my gloves.
To expect: Look for a change of weather in March. look into
To inquire into; investigate: The police looked into the disturbance.look on/upon
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.
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. To visit: look up an old friend.
To become better; improve: Things are at last looking up.
Origin: Middle English loken
Origin: , from Old English lōcian
. Usage Note:
The phrasal verb look to
has recently developed the meanings “expect to” and “hope to,” as in The executives look to increase sales once the economy improves
or I'm looking to sell my car in July.
In a recent survey, the Usage Panel was divided almost evenly on this usage, with 52 percent of the Panelists finding it acceptable and 48 percent rejecting it. Of those rejecting this usage, a small number volunteered that they would find it acceptable in informal speech, and in fact the divided response of the Panel may be due in part to the informal flavor of this phrase.