[loo k] /lʊk/
verb (used without object)
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 or afford a view:
The window looks upon the street.
to face or front:
The house looks to the east.
verb (used with object)
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.
Archaic. to bring, put, etc., by looks.
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.
look back, to review past events; return in thought:
When I look back on our school days, it seems as if they were a century ago.
look down on/upon, to regard with scorn or disdain; have contempt for:
They look down on all foreigners.
look into, to inquire into; investigate; examine:
The auditors are looking into the records to find the cause of the discrepancy.
look out for, to take watchful care of; be concerned about:
He has to look out for his health.
look over, to examine, especially briefly:
Will you please look over my report before I submit it?
look up to, to regard with admiration or respect; esteem:
A boy needs a father he can look up to.
look daggers, to look at someone with a furious, menacing expression:
I could see my partner looking daggers at me.
look down one’s nose at, to regard with an overbearing attitude of superiority, disdain, or censure:
The more advanced students really looked down their noses at the beginners.
look forward to, to anticipate with eagerness or pleasure:
I always look forward to your visits.
verb (mainly intransitive)
(often foll by at) to direct the eyes (towards): to look at the sea
(often foll by at) to direct one’s attention (towards): let’s look at the circumstances
(often foll by to) to turn one’s interests or expectations (towards): to look to the future
(copula) to give the impression of being by appearance to the eye or mind; seem: that looks interesting
to face in a particular direction: the house looks north
to expect, hope, or plan (to do something): I look to hear from you soon, he’s looking to get rich
(foll by for)
(foll by to)
to be a pointer or sign: these early inventions looked towards the development of industry
(foll by into) to carry out an investigation: to look into a mystery
(transitive) to direct a look at (someone) in a specified way: she looked her rival up and down
(transitive) to accord in appearance with (something): to look one’s age
look alive, look lively, hurry up; get busy
look daggers, See dagger (sense 4)
look here, an expression used to attract someone’s attention, add emphasis to a statement, etc
(imperative) look sharp, look smart, to hurry up; make haste
not look at, to refuse to consider: they won’t even look at my offer of £5000
not much to look at, unattractive; plain
the act or an instance of looking: a look of despair
a view or sight (of something): let’s have a look
(often pl) appearance to the eye or mind; aspect: the look of innocence, I don’t like the looks of this place
style; fashion: the new look for summer
an expression demanding attention or showing annoyance, determination, etc: look, I’ve had enough of this
Old English locian “use the eyes for seeing, gaze, look, behold, spy,” from West Germanic *lokjan (cf. Old Saxon lokon “see, look, spy,” Middle Dutch loeken “to look,” Old High German luogen, German dialectal lugen “to look out”), of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with Breton lagud “eye.” In Old English, usually with on; the use of at began 14c. Meaning “seek, search out” is c.1300; meaning “to have a certain appearance” is from c.1400. Of objects, “to face in a certain direction,” late 14c.
Look after “take care of” is from late 14c., earlier “to seek” (c.1300), “to look toward” (c.1200). Look into “investigate” is from 1580s; look up “research in books or papers” is from 1690s. To look down upon in the figurative sense is from 1711; to look down one’s nose is from 1921. To look forward “anticipate” is c.1600; meaning “anticipate with pleasure” is mid-19c. To not look back “make no pauses” is colloquial, first attested 1893. In look sharp (1711) sharp originally was an adverb, “sharply.”
c.1200, “act or action of looking,” from look (v.). Meaning “appearance of a person” is from late 14c. Expression if looks could kill … attested by 1827 (if looks could bite is attested from 1747).
a hard look
[“LOOKS: Knowledge-Representation System for Designing Expert Systems in a Logical Programming Framework”, F. Mizoguchi, Proc Intl Conf 5th Gen Comp Sys, ICOT 1984].
[loo k-see] /ˈlʊkˌsi/ noun, Informal. 1. a visual inspection or survey; look; examination: have a look-see. noun 1. (informal) a brief inspection or look n. “inspection,” 1865, “Pidgin-like formation” [OED], and first used in representations of English as spoken by Chinese, from look (v.) + see (v.).
- Look sideways at
Glance at suspiciously or amorously, as in I’m sure the detective was looking sideways at me, and it made me very nervous, or They were looking sideways at each other, and I don’t think it was innocent. [ Mid-1800s ] Also see: look askance
- Look someone in the face
Also, look someone in the eye . Face someone directly and forthrightly. These expressions imply honesty—or at least the appearance of honesty—in what is said, as in Can you look me in the face and tell me you don’t want that prize? or John looked me in the eye and told me he didn’t break […]
- Look the other way
Deliberately overlook something, especially something of an illicit nature. For example, They’re not really entitled to a discount but the sales manager decided to look the other way. This expression uses the other way in the sense of “away from what is normal or expected.”