- Look is defined as the acting of seeing something with one's eyes or the physical appearance of someone or something.
- An example of look is to take a glance at a bird flying across the sky.
- An example of look is a youthful appearance.
- Look means to turn one's eyes toward something or to gaze at something with the eyes.
An example of look is to watch the sun set over the horizon.
- to make use of the sense of sight; see
- to direct one's eyes in order to see
- to direct one's attention mentally upon something
- to try to see or find something; search
- to appear to be; seem: to look sick
- to be facing or turned in a specified direction
Origin of lookMiddle English loken ; from Old English locian, akin to Old Saxon lōkōn, Old High German luogēn (Ger dialect, dialectal lugen), to spy after, look for
- to direct one's eyes on: to look someone in the face
- to express by one's looks, or appearance: to look one's disgust
- Rare to bring to a certain condition by looking
- to have an appearance that is suitable for or in accord with: the fat actor looked the part; you don't look your age
- to expect: with an infinitive object: they look to succeed with our help
- the act of looking; glance
- outward impression; appearance; aspect: the look of a beggar
- appearance; the way something seems to be: from the looks of things
- personal appearance, esp. of a pleasing nature: to have looks and youth
- direct your eyes and attention to this; see
- pay attention
it looks like
- it seems that there will be: it looks like rain
- Informal it seems as if
look aliveor look sharp
look down onor look down upon
- to regard as an inferior
- to regard with contempt; despise
- to search or hunt for
- to expect; anticipate
look forward to
look in (on)
- to be an observer or spectator
- to consider; regard (as): they looked on her as a born leader
look (like) oneself
look out for
- to be wary about
- to take care of
- to take care of; give attention to
- to rely upon; resort to
- to look forward to; expect
- to search for in a book of reference, etc.
- Informal to pay a visit to; call on
- Informal to get better; improve
look up and down
- to search everywhere
- to examine with an appraising eye; scrutinize
look up to
verblooked, look·ing, looks
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of lookMiddle English loken, from Old English lōcian. Usage Note: When followed by an infinitive, look often means “expect” or “hope,” as in The executives look to increase sales once the economy improves or I'm looking to sell my car in July. In our 1997 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. In 2008, 55 percent rejected it, suggesting that resistance is not eroding, at least not for use in more formal contexts. The usage has an informal flavor and is popular among sports writers: The Spartans are looking to improve their offensive production. The Cubs look to continue their dominance of their division.
(third-person singular simple present looks, present participle looking, simple past and past participle looked)
- (intransitive, often with "at") To try to see, to pay attention to with one’s eyes.
- Look at my new car!
- Don’t look in the closet.
- To appear, to seem.
- It looks as if it’s going to rain soon.
- (copulative) To give an appearance of being.
- That painting looks nice.
- (intransitive, often with "for") To search for, to try to find.
- To face or present a view.
- The hotel looks over the valleys of the HinduKush.
- To expect or anticipate.
- I look to each hour for my lover’s arrival.
- To express or manifest by a look.
- (often with "to") To make sure of, to see to.
- (dated, sometimes figuratively) To show oneself in looking.
- Look out of the window [i.e. lean out] while I speak to you.
- kolo, kool
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 *lōkōną, *lōgēną (“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 llygad (“eye”), Tocharian AB läk- (“to see”), Sanskrit लक्षति (lakṣati, “he sees, perceives”)).