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English definition of “look”


verb [I] (SEE)    /lʊk/
A1 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 Grammar:LookWe use the verb look to mean ‘turn our eyes in a particular direction to see something’. It is followed by at to refer to the person or thing which we see:See moreGrammar:Look as a linking verbWe often use look as a linking verb like appear, be, become, seem. As a linking verb, look does not take an object and it is followed by a phrase or clause which gives more information about the subject (a complement):See moreGrammar:Look as a discourse markerWe sometimes use look as a discourse marker but it needs to be used carefully as it is very strong. We use it when we are explaining something or making a point, especially when we are annoyed or speaking very forcefully:See moreGrammar:Look at, see or watch?See moreGrammar:Look atWhen we look at something, we direct our eyes in its direction and pay attention to it:See moreGrammar:SeeSee means noticing something using our eyes. The past simple form is saw and the -ed form is seen:See moreGrammar:Watch as a verbWatch is similar to look at, but it usually means that we look at something for a period of time, especially something that is changing or moving:See moreGrammar:Look at, see or watch: typical errorsSee more
(Definition of look verb (SEE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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