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WordNet 2.0
  • the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
  • "he went out to have a look"
  • "his look was fixed on her eyes"
  • "he gave it a good looking at"
  • "his camera does his looking for him"
  • physical appearance
  • "I don''t like the looks of this place"
  • the expression on a person''s face
  • "a sad expression"
  • "a look of triumph"
  • "an angry face"
  • the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
  • "the feel of the city excited him"
  • "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"
  • "it had the smell of treason"
  • have a certain outward or facial expression
  • "How does she look?"
  • "The child looks unhappy"
  • "She looked pale after the surgery"
  • have faith or confidence in
  • "you can count on me to help you any time"
  • "Look to your friends for support"
  • "You can bet on that!"
  • "Depend on your family in times of crisis"
  • look forward to the probable occurrence of
  • "We were expecting a visit from our relatives"
  • "She is looking to a promotion"
  • "he is waiting to be drafted"
  • convey by one''s expression
  • "She looked her devotion to me"
  • perceive with attention
  • direct one''s gaze towards
  • "She looked over the expanse of land"
  • "Look at your child!"
  • "Look--a deer in the backyard!"
  • give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  • "She seems to be sleeping"
  • "This appears to be a very difficult problem"
  • "This project looks fishy"
  • "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"
  • search or seek
  • "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"
  • "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
  • take charge of or deal with
  • "Could you see about lunch?"
  • "I must attend to this matter"
  • "She took care of this business"
  • accord in appearance with
  • "You don''t look your age!"
  • be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point
  • be opposite to
  • "The house looks north"
  • "My backyard look onto the pond"
  • "The building faces the park"
look
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To direct the eyes for the purpose of seeing something; to direct the eyes toward an object; to observe with the eyes while keeping them directed; -- with various prepositions, often in a special or figurative sense. See Phrases below.

    2. To direct the attention (to something); to consider; to examine; as, to look at an action.

    3. To seem; to appear; to have a particular appearance; as, the patient looks better; the clouds look rainy.

    "It would look more like vanity than gratitude." -- Addison.

    "Observe how such a practice looks in another person." -- I. Watts.

    4. To have a particular direction or situation; to face; to front.

    "The inner gate that looketh to north." -- Ezek. viii. 3.

    "The east gate . . . which looketh eastward." -- Ezek. xi. 1.

    5. In the imperative: see; behold; take notice; take care; observe; -- used to call attention.

    "Look, how much we thus expel of sin, so much we expel of virtue." -- Milton.

    [MORE]
    Look, in the imperative, may be followed by a dependent sentence, but see is oftener so used.

    "Look that ye bind them fast." -- Shak.

    "Look if it be my daughter." -- Talfourd.

    6. To show one's self in looking, as by leaning out of a window; as, look out of the window while I speak to you. Sometimes used figuratively.

    "My toes look through the overleather." -- Shak.

    7. To await the appearance of anything; to expect; to anticipate.

    "Looking each hour into death's mouth to fall." -- Spenser.

    To look about
    to look on all sides, or in different directions.

    To look about one
    to be on the watch; to be vigilant; to be circumspect or guarded.

    To look after
    (a) To attend to; to take care of; as, to look after children. (b) To expect; to be in a state of expectation.

    "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth." -- Luke xxi. 26.

    (c) To seek; to search.

    "My subject does not oblige me to look after the water, or point forth the place where to it is now retreated." -- Woodward.



    To look at
    to direct the eyes toward so that one sees, or as if to see; as, to look at a star; hence, to observe, examine, consider; as, to look at a matter without prejudice.

    To look black
    to frown; to scowl; to have a threatening appearance.

    "The bishops thereat repined, and looked black." -- Holinshed.



    To look down on
    or upon
    to treat with indifference or contempt; to regard as an inferior; to despise.

    To look for
    (a) To expect; as, to look for news by the arrival of a ship. "Look now for no enchanting voice." Milton. (b) To seek for; to search for; as, to look for lost money, or lost cattle.

    To look forth
    (a) To look out of something, as from a window. (b) To threaten to come out. Jer. vi. 1. (Rev. Ver.).

    To look into
    to inspect closely; to observe narrowly; to examine; as, to look into the works of nature; to look into one's conduct or affairs.

    To look on
    (a) To regard; to esteem.

    "Her friends would look on her the worse." -- Prior.

    (b) To consider; to view; to conceive of; to think of.

    "I looked on Virgil as a succinct, majestic writer." -- Dryden.

    (c) To be a mere spectator.

    "I'll be a candleholder, and look on." -- Shak.



    To look out
    to be on the watch; to be careful; as, the seaman looks out for breakers.

    To look through
    (a) To see through. (b) To search; to examine with the eyes.

    To look to
    or unto
    (a) To watch; to take care of. "Look well to thy herds." Prov. xxvii. 23. (b) To resort to with expectation of receiving something; to expect to receive from; as, the creditor may look to surety for payment. "Look unto me, and be ye saved." Is. xlv. 22.

    To look up
    to search for or find out by looking; as, to look up the items of an account.

    To look up to
    to respect; to regard with deference.

  • 1. To look at; to turn the eyes toward.

    2. To seek; to search for. [Obs.]

    "Looking my love, I go from place to place." -- Spenser.

    3. To expect. [Obs.] Shak.

    4. To influence, overawe, or subdue by looks or presence as, to look down opposition.

    "A spirit fit to start into an empire, And look the world to law." -- Dryden.

    5. To express or manifest by a look.

    "Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again." -- Byron.

    To look daggers
    See under Dagger.

    To look in the face
    to face or meet with boldness or confidence; hence, sometimes, to meet for combat.

    To look out
    to seek for; as, prudent persons look out associates of good reputation.

  • 1. The act of looking; a glance; a sight; a view; -- often in certain phrases; as, to have, get, take, throw, or cast, a look.

    "Threw many a northward look to see his father Bring up his powers; but he did long in vain." -- Shak.

    2. Expression of the eyes and face; manner; as, a proud or defiant look. "Gentle looks." Shak.

    "Up ! up! my friends, and clear your looks." -- Wordsworth.

    3. Hence; Appearance; aspect; as, the house has a gloomy look; the affair has a bad look.

    "Pain, disgrace, and poverty have frighted looks." -- Locke.

    "There was something that reminded me of Dante's Hell in the look of this." -- Carlyle.

 

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