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"look" in British English

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lookverb

uk   us   /lʊk/

look verb (SEE)

A1 [I] to ​directyoureyes 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 ​friendlysort of ​person. The ​twins look just liketheirmother. She looked as if/though she hadn't ​slept all ​night. It looks likerain (= as if it is going to ​rain).
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look verb (DIRECTION)

B2 [I usually + adv/prep] to ​face a ​particulardirection: The ​garden looks ​south. This ​window looks out onto the ​lake.
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look verb (WARNING)

[I] used when you are ​telling someone to be ​careful or to ​payattention: [+ question word] Look where you're going! Look at the ​time - we're late!

look verb (HOPE)

be looking to do sth C2 to be ​planning to do something: I'm looking to ​start my own ​business.

looknoun

uk   us   /lʊk/

look noun (WITH EYES)

B1 [C] the ​act of looking at someone or something: She gave him a look ofrealdislike. Take a (good) look at this ​picture and ​see if you ​recognize anyone. Can I have a look atyourdictionary?
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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 ​grewolder. He put on ​weight and ​started to lose his looks.

lookexclamation

uk   us   /lʊk/
(Definition of look from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lookverb

 us   /lʊk/

look verb (SEE)

[I] to ​directyoureyes 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 ​seemslikely 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 ​particulardirection; ​face: The ​garden looks ​east. The ​porch looks out over the ​lake.

lookexclamation

 us   /lʊk/

look exclamation (GETTING ATTENTION)

used to get someone’s ​attention, often to ​expressanger or ​annoyance: Look, I’ve already told you that I’m not ​lending you any more ​money.

looknoun

 us   /lʊk/

look noun (SEEM)

[C] an ​expression of the ​face, or a ​particularappearance: 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   us   /lʊk/
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 ​personworking 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 ​underlyingbusiness 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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