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eye

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SEEING [C] A1 one of the two organs in your face, which you use to see with: Sara has black hair and brown eyes. She closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.Eyesight, glasses and lensesUsing the eyesThe eye and surrounding areaOptics, microscopy and lasersThe head and faceThe eye and surrounding areaEyesight, glasses and lensesUsing the eyes
NEEDLE [C] the small hole at the end of a needle, which you put the thread throughKnitting and sewing
have an eye for sth to be good at noticing a particular type of thing: Your son has a very good eye for detail.PerceptiveUsing the eyesIntelligence
keep your/an eye on sb/sth B2 to watch or look after someone or something: Could you keep an eye on this pan of soup for a moment?Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive
have your eye on sth informal to want something and intend to get it: Jane's got her eye on that new advertising job.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
can't keep/take your eyes off sb/sth to be unable to stop looking at someone or something because they are so attractive or interesting: He couldn't take his eyes off her all night.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptiveExciting and interestingAttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant
lay/set eyes on sb/sth to see someone or something for the first time: They fell in love the moment they laid eyes on each other.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive
look sb in the eye/eyes to look at someone in a direct way, without showing fear or shame: Look me in the eye and say that you didn't steal it.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive
in sb's eyes B2 in someone's opinion: In my parents' eyes, I'll always be a child.Opinions, beliefs and points of view
→  See also black eye , cast/run your/an eye over sth , catch sb's eye , cry your eyes out , keep your eyes open/peeled (for sb/sth) , keep an eye out for sb/sth , see eye to eye (with sb) , turn a blind eye (to sth) , with your eyes open
(Definition of eye noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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