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English definition of “glance”

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?Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive

glance verb (SHINE)

[I + adv/prep] to shine, reflect light, or sparkle: The sunlight glanced on the lake.Emitting and casting light
Phrasal verbs

glance

noun [C] uk   /ɡlɑːns/ us    /ɡlæns/
B2 a quick short look: She took/cast a glance at her watch.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive at a glance C1 immediately: He could tell at a glance that something was wrong.Immediately at first glance when first looking: At first glance I thought it was a dog (but I was mistaken).Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive
(Definition of glance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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