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look

verb uk   /lʊk/ us  

look verb (SEE)

A1 [I] to direct your eyes in order to see: Look! There's grandma. They looked at the picture and laughed. Look at all this rubbish on the floor. She looked up from her book and smiled at me. I looked out (of) the window. Look over there - there's a rainbow!Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive

look verb (SEARCH)

A1 [I] to try to find something or someone: I'm looking for my keys. I've looked everywhere but I can't find my glasses. Have you looked in the dictionary? I looked down the list but couldn't see his name.Searching

look verb (SEEM)

A2 [L, I usually + adv/prep] to appear or seem: You look well! The roads look very icy. That dress looks nice on you. He has started to look his age (= appear as old as he really is). It's looking good (= things are going well). He looked (like) a friendly sort of person. The twins look just like their mother. She looked as if/though she hadn't slept all night. It looks like rain (= as if it is going to rain).Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending

look verb (DIRECTION)

B2 [I usually + adv/prep] to face a particular direction: The garden looks south. This window looks out onto the lake.Scenery and views

look verb (WARNING)

[I] used when you are telling someone to be careful or to pay attention: [+ question word] Look where you're going! Look at the time - we're late!Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant

look verb (HOPE)

be looking to do sth C2 to plan to do something: I'm looking to start my own business.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping

look

noun uk   /lʊk/ us  

look noun (WITH EYES)

B1 [C] the act of looking at someone or something: She gave him a look of real dislike. Take a (good) look at this picture and see if you recognize anyone. Can I have a look at your dictionary?Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive

look noun (SEARCH)

B1 [C usually singular] the act of trying to find someone or something: I had another look for the watch, but couldn't find it.Searching

look noun (APPEARANCE)

B2 [C] an expression on someone's face: She had a worried look about her. She gave me a questioning look.The head and face C1 [C] a style or fashion: The look this year will be relaxed and casual. the look of sb/sth B2 the appearance of someone or something: They liked the look of the hotel, but it was too expensive. I don't like the look of that fence (= it appears to have something wrong with it).Conditions and characteristics sb's looks C2 a person's appearance, especially how attractive they are: I like her looks. Her looks improved as she grew older. He put on weight and started to lose his looks.Personal hygiene and appearance - general wordsCleaning generally

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