Meaning of “look” in the English Dictionary

"look" in English

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uk /lʊk/ us /lʊk/

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 these toys 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!

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look verb (SEARCH)

A1 [ I ] to try to find something or someone:

I'm looking for my keys.
I looked everywhere, but I couldn't find my glasses.
Have you looked in the dictionary?
I looked down the list but couldn't see his name.

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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).

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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?

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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.

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  • I had a look for the book.
  • Have a good look in the cupboard.
  • You've got nits? Let's have a look.
  • I can have a look for the papers for you.
  • We'll need to have a good look round before we leave.

look noun (APPEARANCE)

B2 [ C ] an expression on someone's face:

She had a worried look about her.
She gave me a questioning look.

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).
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.


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

"look" in American English

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us /lʊk/

look verb (SEE)

[ I ] to direct your eyes in order to see:

Come look at what I’ve found.
She looked at her brother.
He looked out (of) the window of the bus.

look verb (SEARCH)

[ I always + adv/prep ] to try to find something:

Please help me look for my keys.
We looked everywhere but couldn’t find it.
I’ll look for a present for Tracy while I’m at the mall.

look verb (SEEM)

[ L ] to seem or appear to be:

The roads look icy.
That dress looks nice on you.
He looked friendly.
She looked like she hadn’t slept all night.
He has started to look his age (= appear as old as he really is).
It looks like (= It is likely that) we’ll be finished by January.
It looks like snow (= It seems likely to snow).

look verb (EXAMINE)

[ I always + adv/prep ] to examine or study, often quickly or informally:

Would you look over these numbers to see if I’ve made a mistake?
I don’t go there to shop – I just like to look around and see what they have.

look verb (FACE)

[ I ] to be in or view a particular direction; face:

The garden looks east.
The porch looks out over the lake.


us /lʊk/

look exclamation (GETTING ATTENTION)

used to get someone’s attention, often to express anger or annoyance:

Look, I’ve already told you that I’m not lending you any more money.


us /lʊk/

look noun (SEEM)

[ C ] an expression of the face, or a particular appearance:

a joyful/sad look
I didn’t like the look of the place and left as soon as I could.
[ pl ] He had good looks and lots of money.

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

"look" in Business English

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lookverb [ I ]

uk /lʊk/ us
be looking to do sth

to plan to do something:

Many Hong Kong manufacturers are looking to expand in the UK market.
I'm just looking

said to a person working in a store when they offer to help you, but you want to continue looking at the products:

'Do you need any help?' 'I'm just looking, thank you.'
look good

if something such as business, news, or a plan looks good, you think that it will succeed or that something good might happen:

Margins are improving and the underlying business looks good.
Strategically the deal looks good.
never look back

to continue to be successful after having an earlier success:

He says: 'I applied, got the job, and have never looked back.'

(Definition of “look” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I look forward to that day.
Perhaps we should review this at some stage in the near future and look at it anew to try to come up with a better solution.
When we look at the choice of routings and so on for the consumer, air fares have come down considerably over the last few years.
I also think it is a good idea to look a little more closely at the discharge for the development fund.
Gentlemen, obviously the quaestors who look into this matter are not going to be basing their assessment just on information from radio programmes.
I look forward to the next round.
They come to earth and by way of preparation they just look at advertising to get a picture of the people on earth.
If we continue to invoke it when there is no prime facie risk at all, we make both the precautionary principle and ourselves look ridiculous.
They would prefer to be on the same floor as the plenary session and maybe we could actually look into that.
Why not look at an event beforehand and not worry about the consequences of the bad actions of a few violent people after such a football event.