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.
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
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
(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.