• the Mastabat-el-faraun, Looking Towards The West Façade
    the Mastabat-el-faraun, Looking Towards The West Façade
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v look have a certain outward or facial expression "How does she look?","The child looks unhappy","She looked pale after the surgery"
    • v look have faith or confidence in "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"
    • v look look forward to the probable occurrence of "We were expecting a visit from our relatives","She is looking to a promotion","he is waiting to be drafted"
    • v look convey by one's expression "She looked her devotion to me"
    • v look perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards "She looked over the expanse of land","Look at your child!","Look--a deer in the backyard!"
    • v look give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect "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"
    • v look search or seek "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest","Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
    • v look take charge of or deal with "Could you see about lunch?","I must attend to this matter","She took care of this business"
    • v look accord in appearance with "You don't look your age!"
    • v look be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to "The house looks north","My backyard look onto the pond","The building faces the park"
    • n look the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually "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"
    • n look physical appearance "I don't like the looks of this place"
    • n look the feelings expressed on a person's face "a sad expression","a look of triumph","an angry face"
    • n look the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people "the feel of the city excited him","a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting","it had the smell of treason"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A boy sits on a rock, looking out to sea A boy sits on a rock, looking out to sea
A tiger pauses to look around A tiger pauses to look around
"How sweet she would look!" "How sweet she would look!"
Look out, Princeton Look out, Princeton
The Prince looks over at the Princess The Prince looks over at the Princess
Signy, at the top of the tree, looks in at the window Signy, at the top of the tree, looks in at the window

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baseball is the only sport that looks backwards in a mirror.
    • Look Appearance; aspect; as, the house has a gloomy look; the affair has a bad look. "Pain, disgrace, and poverty have frighted looks .""There was something that reminded me of Dante's Hell in the look of this."
    • Look Expression of the eyes and face; manner; as, a proud or defiant look . "Gentle looks .""Up ! up! my friends, and clear your looks ."
    • Look In the imperative: see; behold; take notice; take care; observe; -- used to call attention. "Look , how much we thus expel of sin, so much we expel of virtue.""Look that ye bind them fast.""Look if it be my daughter."
    • Look The act of looking; a glance; a sight; a view; -- often in certain phrases; as, to have, get, take, throw, or cast, a look . "Threw many a northward look to see his father
      Bring up his powers; but he did long in vain."
    • Look To await the appearance of anything; to expect; to anticipate. "Looking each hour into death's mouth to fall."
    • Look To direct the attention (to something); to consider; to examine; as, to look at an action.
    • Look To direct the eyes for the purpose of seeing something; to direct the eyes toward an object; to observe with the eyes while keeping them directed; -- with various prepositions, often in a special or figurative sense. See Phrases below.
    • Look To expect.
    • Look To express or manifest by a look. "Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again."
    • Look To have a particular direction or situation; to face; to front. "The inner gate that looketh to north.""The east gate . . . which looketh eastward."
    • Look To influence, overawe, or subdue by looks or presence as, to look down opposition. "A spirit fit to start into an empire,
      And look the world to law."
    • Look To look at; to turn the eyes toward.
    • Look To seek; to search for. "Looking my love, I go from place to place."
    • Look To seem; to appear; to have a particular appearance; as, the patient looks better; the clouds look rainy. "It would look more like vanity than gratitude.""Observe how such a practice looks in another person."
    • Look To show one's self in looking, as by leaning out of a window; as, look out of the window while I speak to you. Sometimes used figuratively. "My toes look through the overleather."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Alaska it is against the laww to look at a moose from an airplane.
    • look To exercise the sense or faculty of vision; use the eyes in seeing; fix the sight upon some object, or upon some point or portion of space. Used— Absolutely.
    • look Before a word or phrase signifying direction, manner, or purpose: as, look here; look there; he looked back; to look for something lost.
    • look Before a preposition governing the thing seen or an intervening object or medium: as, to look at a house; to look over a wall or through a window; to look into a mirror or a book; to look upon the wine.
    • look To afford a view or outlook; have a direction; face or be turned: usually with on, upon, to, or toward: as, the windows look toward the ocean; the house looks upon a narrow street.
    • look To keep watch; be careful; take heed; see to it: as, he looks after my luggage: used intensively in the ejaculatory phrases look out! look sharp!
    • look To seem to the view; have the appearance of being; appear: as, he looks like his brother; it looks as if it would rain; the patient looks better.
    • look To strive to seem; put on the appearance of being; assume to be.
    • look To exercise mental vision or observation (in a certain way); direct the mind or understanding; take notice: often with at.
    • look To have a prospect or anticipation; direct the mind expectantly; be in expectation of or with regard to something.
    • look To expect; look forward to.
    • look To consider; be concerned about.
    • look To expect; count upon: as, to look for good news.
    • look To esteem; hold in estimation: formerly used absolutely in a good sense.
    • look To consider; regard; view: with as after the object: as, to look upon a remark as an affront.
    • look To be quick; make haste.
    • look To see through: see or understand perfectly.
    • look To resort to or depend upon for something with confidence or expectation: as, he looks to me for payment.
    • look Synonyms Appear, etc. See seem.
    • look To see to; take care of.
    • look To look or search for; seek; expect.
    • look To search; inspect. [Rare.]
    • look To affect in some way by the manner of looking or appearing: as, to look one out of countenance.
    • look To express or manifest by looks, or by the general aspect.
    • look To pay a visit to; call upon: as, I must look you up some day. [Colloq.]
    • n look Visual or facial expression; cast of countenance; personal aspect: often used in the plural with a singular sense: as, a benevolent look; his looks are against him.
    • n look Appearance or seeming in general; the quality of anything as judged by the eye or the understanding: as, I do not like the look of the sky; the look of the thing (an action, a proposition, or the like) is bad.
    • n look The act of looking or seeing; glance: as, loving looks.
    • n look Synonyms Appearance, complexion, mien, manner, air.
    • n look Sight, glance, gaze.
    • look See louk.
    • look To cheer up; take courage.
    • look To advance; improve: as, business is looking up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Alaska, it is illegal to look at a moose from a flying vehicle.
    • v.i Look lōōk to turn the eye toward so as to see; to direct the attention to: to watch: to seem: to face, as a house:
    • v.t Look to express by a look: to influence by look
    • n Look the act of looking or seeing: sight: air of the face: appearance
    • imp., interj Look see: behold
    • v.i Look lōōk (B.) to expect
    • ***


  • Robert C. Edwards
    Robert C. Edwards
    “You are only what you are when no one is looking.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    “When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.”
  • Ernest Bevin
    Ernest Bevin
    “Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.”
  • John Berger
    “Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.”
  • Aesop
    “We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people he gives it to.”


Don't look a gift horse in the mouth - This means that if you are given something, a present or a chance, you should not waste it by being too critical or examining it too closely.
Look after number 1 - You are number one, so this idiom means that you should think about yourself first, rather than worrying about other people.
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves - (UK) If you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves, meaning that if someone takes care not to waste small amounts of money, they will accumulate capital. ('Look after the pence and the pounds will look after themselves' is an alternative form of this idiom.)
Look before you leap - This idiom means that you should think carefully about the possible results or consequences before doing something.
Look on the bright side - If you look on the bright side, you try to see things in an optimistic way, especially when something has gone wrong.
Look out for number one - If you look out for number one, you take care of yourself and your interests, rather than those of other people.
Look what the cat dragged in - This idiom is used when someone arrives somewhere looking a mess or flustered and bothered.
Looks like we're the last dogs hung - When you are the last people left in the hall after an event. You look around and say..."looks like we're the last dogs hung."


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. loken, AS. lōcian,; akin to G. lugen, OHG. luogēn,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lócian, to look.


In literature:

It gave me great pleasure to look at that which looked like her.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
My mother looked very young and pretty, but she also looked severe.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Little Jim looked and thought with a sense of helpless melancholy that should not have belonged to fourteen.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
How mercenary and awful it looks written out in cold blood like that.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
She looked as amazed as the other two, but she didn't look cross.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The vicar looked at him sharply, but the young man's critical and meditative look reassured him.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I looked at him timidly, but he had turned from me and was speaking to Mother Barberin.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
Mary Louise turned in the saddle and took a long thirsty look at the western sky.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Look at me, Eleanore, look at me!
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He saw a lonely, tired-looking woman step from the carriage and look expectantly round.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking

In poetry:

Some tender shame. She did not see;
She felt his eyes that would not stir,
She looked upon her babe, and he
So looked at her.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
I look and look.
Looking's a way of being: one becomes,
sometimes, a pair of eyes walking.
Walking wherever looking takes one.
"Looking, Walking, Being" by Denise Levertov
'He always said my hair was soft--
What touches he will steal!
Each touch and look (and he'll look oft)
I almost thought I'd feel.
"A Girl's Sin - In Her Eyes" by Francis Thompson
grass, written asunder. The stones, white,
with the shadows of grassblades:
Do not read any more - look!
Do not look any more - go!
"The Straitening" by Paul Celan
I look, and the stars above me
Beam on in their strength and truth,
And smile and watch over the village
With looks of eternal youth.
"Night In The Village" by Alexander Anderson
I turn'd, and looking upward, all his face
Was radiant with a look
Of wide supernal joy, and I could trace
The light I could not brook
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

If you were looking for a curator of web experiences, what would you look for.
A Look Back, a Look Ahead.
"My responsibility is not to look back and second-guess , but look forward, " Aymond said.
If you're looking for one of the best spots to hit on 4th street, look no further than Tengo sed Cantina.
Look at it any way you want--and there's lots to look at--"Nabucco" is a big deal.
Charlie Head is already the kind of guy who kind of makes you look bad, and he's about to make you look worse.
It looked simple enough, and even looked healthy.
At Pier 24, museum photographs by Thomas Struth let you look at art of people looking at art.
Ski lovers looking to hit the slopes may not have to look any farther than Queens.
If you're looking for second-day coverage of the Levin-Coburn report in The Wall Street Journal or New York Times —as I was—prepare to look elsewhere.
The 26-year-old actress donned two skimpy lingerie looks for Sharper Image's new holiday campaign -- and Us Weekly has a behind-the-scenes look at the sexy photo shoot.
Just one look Take one look.
She not only looked terrific but also looked years younger than she did the last time I saw her.
Lourdes Leon hit the streets of NYC on Thursday looking just like a twin to her mom's looks of yesteryear.

In science:

The non–scaling part can be seen only by looking at small r and large n.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
Let us look at the system (5) assuming that u = 0 initially and along the boundary.
Front motion for phase transitions in systems with memory
To understand this point, one has to look back at how these simulations are performed.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
We are looking forward to upcoming work in this area.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
A natural problem is to understand what a typical element of the finite general linear group GL(n, q) “looks like”.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey