Meaning of “glance” in the English Dictionary

"glance" in British English

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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?

More examples

  • She glanced nervously over her shoulder to make sure no one else was listening.
  • I glanced at my watch for the 20th time that morning.
  • He glanced at her sidelong and smiled.
  • He glanced at the letter and then tossed it into the bin.
  • He glanced nervously at his watch.

Phrasal verb(s)

glancenoun [ 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).

More examples

  • She threw him an angry and reproving glance.
  • He gave her a sidelong glance.
  • I stole a glance at my watch.
  • Annette was getting lots of admiring glances in her new red dress.
  • They exchanged conspiratorial glances, so I knew they were planning something.

(Definition of “glance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"glance" in American English

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glancenoun [ C ]

us /ɡlæns/

a quick look at someone or something:

The driver gave a glance back as he moved into the passing lane.
verb [ I always + adv/prep ] us /ɡlæns/

She glanced around the room to see who was there.

(Definition of “glance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)