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Definition 1: the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually - [noun denoting act]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he went out to have a look
  • his look was fixed on her eyes
  • he gave it a good looking at
  • his camera does his looking for him

Synonyms for look in the sense of this definition

(look is a kind of ...) becoming aware of something via the senses

(... is a kind of look ) the act of looking or seeing or observing

"he tried to get a better view of it" "his survey of the battlefield was limited"

(... is a kind of look ) the act of looking out

(... is a kind of look ) the act of observing; taking a patient look

(... is a kind of look ) going about to look at places of interest

(... is a kind of look ) a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harm

(... is a kind of look ) a fixed look with eyes open wide

(... is a kind of look ) the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed

(... is a kind of look ) a secret look

(... is a kind of look ) a prolonged intense look

(... is a kind of look ) a quick look

(... is a kind of look ) British slang for a look

Definition 2: physical appearance - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I don't like the looks of this place

(look is a kind of ...) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

Definition 3: the feelings expressed on a person's face - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sad expression
  • a look of triumph
  • an angry face

Synonyms for look in the sense of this definition

(look is a kind of ...) the appearance conveyed by a person's face

"a pleasant countenance" "a stern visage"

(... is a kind of look ) a suggestive or sneering look or grin

(... is a kind of look ) merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

"he had a sparkle in his eye" "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"

Definition 4: the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people - [noun denoting state]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the feel of the city excited him
  • a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
  • it had the smell of treason

Synonyms for look in the sense of this definition

(look is a kind of ...) a particular environment or surrounding influence

"there was an atmosphere of excitement"

(... is a kind of look ) a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry

"some people in publishing think of theirs as a glamorous medium so they copy the glitter of Hollywood"

(... is a kind of look ) the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation

Definition 5: have a certain outward or facial expression - [verb of body]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • How does she look?
  • The child looks unhappy
  • She looked pale after the surgery

(look is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of look ) partly close one's eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light

"The driver squinted as the sun hit his windshield"

Definition 6: look forward to the probable occurrence of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We were expecting a visit from our relatives
  • She is looking to a promotion
  • he is waiting to be drafted

Synonyms for look in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of look ) look forward to the birth of a child

"She is expecting in March"

(... is a kind of look ) expect or hope for

"I look to hear from you soon"

(... is a kind of look ) turn one's interests or expectations towards

"look to the future" "this method looks to significant wavings"

(... is a kind of look ) hold the phone line open

"Please hang on while I get your folder"

(... is a kind of look ) be excited or anxious about

(look has a similar meaning as ...) regard something as probable or likely

"The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"

Definition 7: have faith or confidence in - [verb of cognition]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you can count on me to help you any time
  • Look to your friends for support
  • You can bet on that!
  • Depend on your family in times of crisis

Synonyms for look in the sense of this definition

(look is a kind of ...) have confidence or faith in

"We can trust in our government"

Definition 8: convey by one's expression - [verb of communication]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She looked her devotion to me

(look is a kind of ...) (of information) make known; pass on

"She conveyed the message to me"

Definition 9: perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards - [verb of perception]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She looked over the expanse of land
  • Look at your child!
  • Look--a deer in the backyard!

(... is a kind of look ) fixate one's eyes

"The ancestor in the painting is staring down menacingly"

(... is a kind of look ) look with amazement; look stupidly

(... is a kind of look ) look at with admiration

(... is a kind of look ) look furtively

"He peeped at the woman through the window"

(... is a kind of look ) throw a glance at; take a brief look at

"She only glanced at the paper" "I only peeked--I didn't see anything interesting"

(... is a kind of look ) gaze at or think about something with great self-satisfaction, gratification, or joy

(... is a kind of look ) look at

(... is a kind of look ) look at with a critical eye

"When the movie star entered, all the women gave him the once over"

(... is a kind of look ) be cross-eyed; have a squint or strabismus

(... is a kind of look ) look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression

"The men leered at the young women on the beach"

(... is a kind of look ) look seductively at someone

(... is a kind of look ) look at with attention

"Have a look at this!" "Get a load of this pretty woman!"

(... is a kind of look ) look towards one's back

"don't look back while you walk"

(... is a kind of look ) avert one's gaze

"She looked away when the nurse pricked her arm with the needle"

(... is a kind of look ) look about oneself

"look around to see whether you can find the missing document"

(... is a kind of look ) look at with fixed eyes

"The students stared at the teacher with amazement"

(... is a kind of look ) look at attentively

(... is a kind of look ) look at with amorous intentions

(... is a kind of look ) look searchingly

"We peered into the back of the shop to see whether a salesman was around"

(look implies ...) perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight

"You have to be a good observer to see all the details" "Can you see the bird in that tree?" "He is blind--he cannot see"

Definition 10: give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect - [verb of perception]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She seems to be sleeping
  • This appears to be a very difficult problem
  • This project looks fishy
  • They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time

Synonyms for look in the sense of this definition

(look is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of look ) appear to begin an activity

"He made to speak but said nothing in the end" "She made as if to say hello to us"

(... is a kind of look ) come into view indistinctly, often threateningly

"Another air plane loomed into the sky"

(... is a kind of look ) rise up

"The building rose before them"

(... is a kind of look ) be highly noticeable

(... is a kind of look ) be shiny, as if wet

"His eyes were glistening"

(... is a kind of look ) have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

"Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"

(... is a kind of look ) be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression

(... is a kind of look ) appear in a certain way

"This sounds interesting"

(... is a kind of look ) be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity

"She passed off as a Russian agent"

(... is a kind of look ) produce a certain impression

"It feels nice to be home again"

(... is a kind of look ) give the appearance or impression of

"cut a nice figure"

(... is a kind of look ) be felt or perceived in a certain way

"The ground feels shaky" "The sheets feel soft"

Definition 11: search or seek - [verb of perception]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest
  • Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!

Synonyms for look in the sense of this definition

(look is a kind of ...) observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

"The customs agent examined the baggage" "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"

(... is a kind of look ) search (an area) for prey

"The King used to hunt these forests"

(... is a kind of look ) look for a sexual partner in a public place

"The men were cruising the park"

(... is a kind of look ) search for something desirable

"prospect a job"

(... is a kind of look ) search or inquire in a meddlesome way

"This guy is always nosing around the office"

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Could you see about lunch?
  • I must attend to this matter
  • She took care of this business

Synonyms for look in the sense of this definition

(look is a kind of ...) provide care for

"The nurse was caring for the wounded"

(... is a kind of look ) attend to the wants and needs of others

"I have to minister to my mother all the time"

(... is a kind of look ) have care of or look after

"She tends to the children"

Definition 13: be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to - [verb of stative]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The house looks north
  • My backyard look onto the pond
  • The building faces the park

Synonyms for look in the sense of this definition

(look is a kind of ...) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

(... is a kind of look ) be face to face with

"The child screamed when he confronted the man in the Halloween costume"

(look has a similar meaning as ...) be opposite

"the facing page" "the two sofas face each other"

Definition 14: accord in appearance with - [verb of stative]

Samples where look or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You don't look your age!

(look is a kind of ...) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

"The two stories don't agree in many details" "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check" "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

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