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glance

verb uk   /ɡlɑːns/ us    /ɡlæns/

glance verb (LOOK)

B1 [I usually + adv/prep] to give a quick short look: She glanced around/round the room to see who was there. He glanced up from his book as I passed. Could you glance over/through this letter and see if it's alright?
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glance verb (SHINE)

[I + adv/prep] to shine, reflect light, or sparkle : The sunlight glanced on the lake.
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glance

noun [C] uk   /ɡlɑːns/ us    /ɡlæns/
B2 a quick short look: She took/cast a glance at her watch.at a glance C1 immediately: He could tell at a glance that something was wrong.at first glance when first looking: At first glance I thought it was a dog (but I was mistaken).
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