look: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (look), [key]
- to turn one's eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see: He looked toward the western horizon and saw the returning planes.
- to glance or gaze in a manner specified: to look questioningly at a person.
- to use one's sight or vision in seeking, searching, examining, watching, etc.: to look through the papers.
- to tend, as in bearing or significance: Conditions look toward war.
- to appear or seem to the eye as specified: to look pale.
- to appear or seem to the mind: The case looks promising.
- to direct attention or consideration: to look at the facts.
- to have an outlook or afford a view: The window looks upon the street.
- to face or front: The house looks to the east.
- to give (someone) a look: He looked me straight in the eye.
- to have an appearance appropriate to or befitting (something): She looked her age.
- to appear to be; look like: He looked a perfect fool, coming to the party a day late.
- to express or suggest by looks: to look one's annoyance at a person.
- to bring, put, etc., by looks.
- She looked after him as he walked toward the train station.
- to follow with the eye, as someone or something moving away:She looked after him as he walked toward the train station.
- to pay attention to; concern oneself with:to look after one's own interests.
- to take care of; minister to:to look after a child.
- to review past events; return in thought: When I look back on our school days, it seems as if they were a century ago.
- to look at someone with a furious, menacing expression: I could see my partner looking daggers at me.
- to regard with scorn or disdain; have contempt for: They look down on all foreigners.
- to regard with an overbearing attitude of superiority, disdain, or censure: The more advanced students really looked down their noses at the beginners.
- Columbus was looking for a shorter route to India when he discovered America.
- to seek; search for:Columbus was looking for a shorter route to India when he discovered America.
- to anticipate; expect:I'll be looking for you at the reception.
- to anticipate with eagerness or pleasure: I always look forward to your visits.
- Look in the jar and tell me if any cookies are left.
- Also,look into.to look briefly inside of:Look in the jar and tell me if any cookies are left.
- Also,look in on.to visit (a person, place, etc.) briefly:I'll look in some day next week.
- to inquire into; investigate; examine: The auditors are looking into the records to find the cause of the discrepancy.
- The crowd looked on at the street brawl.
- to be a spectator; watch:The crowd looked on at the street brawl.
- to consider; regard:They look upon gambling as sinful.
- From her office window, she could look out over the bustling city.
- to look to the outside, as from a window or a place of observation:From her office window, she could look out over the bustling city.
- to be vigilant or on guard:Look out, there are dangers ahead.
- to afford a view; face:The room looks out on the garden.
- to take watchful care of; be concerned about: He has to look out for his health.
- to examine, esp. briefly: Will you please look over my report before I submit it?
- If you want to get ahead, you must look sharp.
- to be alert and quick:If you want to get ahead, you must look sharp.
- Also,Brit.,look slippy.to hurry:You'd better look sharp! It's getting late.
- If you look to your left, you can see the Empire State Building.
- to direct one's glance or gaze to:If you look to your left, you can see the Empire State Building.
- to pay attention to:Look to your own affairs and stay out of mine.
- to direct one's expectations or hopes to:We look to the day when world peace will be a reality.
- to regard with expectation and anticipation:We look to the future and greater advances in science and technology.
- The other guests looked up as she entered the room.
- to direct the eyes upward; raise one's glance:The other guests looked up as she entered the room.
- to become better or more prosperous; improve:Business is looking up.
- to search for, as an item of information, in a reference book or the like:Look up the answer in the encyclopedia.
- to seek out, esp. to visit:to look up an old friend.
- Naut.(of a sailing ship) to head more nearly in the direction of its destination after a favoring change of wind.
- to regard with admiration or respect; esteem: A boy needs a father he can look up to.
- the act of looking: a look of inquiry.
- a visual search or examination.
- the way in which a person or thing appears to the eye or to the mind; aspect: He has the look of an honest man. The tablecloth has a cheap look.
- an expressive glance: to give someone a sharp look.
- to like the looks of a place.
- general aspect; appearance:to like the looks of a place.
- attractive, pleasing appearance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.