Meaning of “loom” in the English Dictionary

"loom" in British English

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loomverb [ I ]

uk /luːm/ us /luːm/

loomnoun [ C ]

uk /luːm/ us /luːm/

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

"loom" in American English

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loomverb [ I ]

us /lum/

loom verb [ I ] (APPEAR)

to appear, esp. when seeming large and threatening:

Record budget deficits, now running well above $200 billion a year, loom over the recovery.

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loomnoun [ C ]

us /lum/

loom noun [ C ] (DEVICE)

a piece of equipment on which thread is woven into cloth

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

"loom" in Business English

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loomverb [ I ]

uk /luːm/ us

if an unpleasant event looms, it will probably happen and makes people worry:

Stocks of heating oil are at their lowest levels for years, and another crisis may be looming.
The company is in serious financial trouble, with more debt looming on the horizon.
sth looms over sb/sth The threat of closure looms over the workforce.
loom large

if something looms large, it becomes very important and could cause serious problems:

Food retailers became nervous as the threat of a price war loomed large.

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