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Meaning of look by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 *lōkōnan, *lōgēnan ( “to look” ) ( compare West Frisian loaitsje, Middle Dutch loeken ( Dutch leuk ( “good-looking” ) ), German dialectal lugen ( “to look out” ) ), from Proto-Indo-European *lAg- ( “to look, see” ) ( compare Welsh llygat ( “eye” ), Tocharian AB läk ( “to see” ), Sanskrit लक्षति ( lakṣati, “he sees, perceives” ) ) .


    • IPA: /lʊk/, X-SAMPA: /lUk/
    • Rhymes: -ʊk


    look ( third-person singular simple present looks present participle looking, simple past and past participle looked )

    1. ( 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 .
    2. To appear, to seem .
      It looks as if it’s going to rain soon .
    3. ( copulative ) To give an appearance of being .
      That painting looks nice .
    4. ( intransitive, often with "for" ) To search for, to try to find .
    5. To face or present a view .
      The hotel looks over the valleys of the HinduKush .
    6. To expect or anticipate .
      I look to each hour for my lover’s arrival .
    7. ( transitive ) To express or manifest by a look.
    8. ( transitive, often with "to" ) To make sure of, to see to.



    look ( plural: looks )

    1. The action of looking, an attempt to see .
      Let’s have a look under the hood of the car .
    2. ( often plural: ) Physical appearance, visual impression .
      She got her mother’s looks .
      I don’t like the look of the new design .
    3. A facial expression .
      He gave me a dirty look .
      If looks could kill.. .

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Explanation of look by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. have a certain outward or facial expression

    2. How does she look?
      The child looks unhappy
      She looked pale after the surgery
    3. have faith or confidence in

    4. Look to your friends for support
    5. look forward to the probable occurrence of

    6. She is looking to a promotion
    7. convey by one's expression

    8. She looked her devotion to me
    9. perceive with attention

    10. She looked over the expanse of land
      Look at your child!
      Look--a deer in the backyard!
    11. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

    12. This project looks fishy
    13. search or seek

    14. We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest
      Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!
    15. take charge of or deal with

    16. accord in appearance with

    17. You don't look your age!
    18. be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point

    19. The house looks north
      My backyard look onto the pond
    1. the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

    2. 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
    3. physical appearance

    4. I don't like the looks of this place
    5. the feelings expressed on a person's face

    6. a look of triumph
    7. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people