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Meaning of LOOK

Pronunciation:  lûk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  physical appearance; "I don't like the looks of this place"
  3. [n]  the expression on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"
  4. [n]  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"
  5. [v]  have a certain outward or facial expression; "How does she look?"; "The child looks unhappy"; "She looked pale after the surgery"
  6. [v]  convey by one's expression; "She looked her devotion to me"
  7. [v]  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"
  8. [v]  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"
  9. [v]  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!"
  10. [v]  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"
  11. [v]  search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
  12. [v]  take charge of or deal with; "Could you see about lunch?"; "I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this business"
  13. [v]  accord in appearance with; "You don't look your age!"
  14. [v]  face 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 is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: appear, aspect, attend, await, bet, calculate, count, depend, expect, expression, face, face, facial expression, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, front, looking, looking at, reckon, see, seem, smell, spirit, take care, tone, wait
 Antonyms: back
 See Also: admire, agree, ambiance, ambience, appearance, atmosphere, bank, be, beam, care, check, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, come across, confront, consider, consult, convey, correspond, countenance, coup d'oeil, cruise, cut, dekko, evil eye, examine, eye, eyeball, feel, fit, gape, gawk, gawp, gaze, gibe, give care, give the eye, give the glad eye, give the once over, glance, glance, gleam, glimpse, glint, glisten, glitter, gloat, glow, go over, goggle, hang on, have a look, hold on, hold the line, hunt, impart, jibe, jump, jump out, leap out, leer, leer, lie, lift, light, look after, look around, look away, look back, look backward, look for, look for, look forward, look into, look on, look to, look up, look up to, lookout, loom, make, match, minister, nose, observance, observation, ogle, outlook, pass off, peek, peek, peep, peep, peer, perception, poke, prospect, pry, radiate, rear, refer, regard, rely, retrospect, review, rise, rubber-necking, scrutiny, search, see, seek, sensing, shine, sight, sightseeing, sound, spark, sparkle, squint, stand out, stare, stare, stick out, survey, suss out, swear, take a look, tally, tend, trust, view, visage, visual aspect, watch, watching, Zeitgeist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Look\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Looked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Looking}.] [OE. loken, AS. l[=o]cian; akin to G. lugen, OHG.
    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.
             Observe how such a practice looks in another person.
                                                   --I. Watts.
    4. To have a particular direction or situation; to face; to
             The inner gate that looketh to north. --Ezek. viii.
             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.
    Note: 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
             Looking each hour into death's mouth to fall.
    {To look about}, to look on all sides, or in different
    {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
       (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.
       (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
    {To look black}, to frown; to scowl; to have a threatening
             The bishops thereat repined, and looked black.
    {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.
       (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.
  2. \Look\, v. t.
    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.
    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.
    {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 good reputation.
  3. \Look\, n.
    1. The act of looking; a glance; a sight; a view; -- often in
       certain phrases; as, to have, get, take, throw, or cast, a
             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.
    3. Hence; Appearance; aspect; as, the house has a gloomy
       look; the affair has a bad look.
             Pain, disgrace, and poverty have frighted looks.
             There was something that reminded me of Dante's Hell
             in the look of this.                  --Carlyle.
Computing Dictionary

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