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What Does Look Mean


To employ one's sight, especially in a given direction or on a given object

looking out the window.

looked at the floor.


To search

We looked all afternoon but could not find it.


To turn one's glance or gaze

looked to the right.


To turn one's attention; attend

looked to his neglected guitar during vacation.

looked at the evidence.


To turn one's expectations

looked to us for a solution.


To seem or appear to be

look morose.


To face in a specified direction

The cottage looks on the river.


To turn one's eyes on

looked him in the eye.


To convey by one's expression

looked annoyance at the judge.

looked his devotion to me.


To have an appearance of conformity with

He looks his age. She dressed up to look the part.


To appear to be

looked the fool in one version of the story.


The act or instance of looking

I took just one look and I was sure.


A gaze or glance expressive of something

gave her a mournful look.


Appearance or aspect

a look of great age.


looks Physical appearance, especially when pleasing.


A distinctive, unified manner of dress or fashion

the preferred look for this fall.


To try to see, to pay attention to with one’s eyes.

Look at my new car!

Don’t look in the closet.


To appear, to seem.

It looks as if it’s going to rain soon.


(copulative) To give an appearance of being.

That painting looks nice.


To search for, to try to find.


To face or present a view.

The hotel looks over the valleys of the HinduKush.


To expect or anticipate.

I look to each hour for my lover’s arrival.


(transitive) To express or manifest by a look.


To make sure of, to see to.


To show oneself in looking.

Look out of the window [i.e. lean out] while I speak to you.


To look at; to turn the eyes toward.


To seek; to search for.


To influence, overawe, or subdue by looks or presence.

to look down opposition


(baseball) To look at a pitch as a batter without swinging at it.

The fastball caught him looking.

Clem Labine struck Mays out looking at his last at bat.

It's unusual for Mays to strike out looking. He usually takes a cut at it.


Pay attention.

Look, I'm going to explain what to do, so you have to listen closely.


The action of looking, an attempt to see.

Let’s have a look under the hood of the car.


(often plural) Physical appearance, visual impression.

She got her mother’s looks.

I don’t like the look of the new design.


A facial expression.

He gave me a dirty look.

If looks could kill ...


the expression on a person's face;

a sad expression

a look of triumph

an angry face


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 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


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


have a certain outward or facial expression;

How does she look?

The child looks unhappy

She looked pale after the surgery


search or seek;

We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest

Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!


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


take charge of or deal with;

Could you see about lunch?

I must attend to this matter

She took care of this business


convey by one's expression;

She looked her devotion to me


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


accord in appearance with;

You don't look your age!


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


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.


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


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.


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

The inner gate that looketh to north.

The east gate . . . which looketh eastward.


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.

Look that ye bind them fast.

Look if it be my daughter.


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.


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

Looking each hour into death's mouth to fall.

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

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

The bishops thereat repined, and looked black.

Her friends would look on her the worse.

I looked on Virgil as a succinct, majestic writer.

I'll be a candleholder, and look on.


To look at; to turn the eyes toward.


To seek; to search for.

Looking my love, I go from place to place.


To expect.


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.


To express or manifest by a look.

Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again.


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 fatherBring up his powers; but he did long in vain.


Expression of the eyes and face; manner; as, a proud or defiant look.

Up ! up! my friends, and clear your looks.


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.

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