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English definition of “glance”


verb [I usually + adv/prep] (LOOK)    /ɡlɑːns/ US  /ɡlæns/
B1 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 ?Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive
(Definition of glance verb (LOOK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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