Definition of Look

Pronunciation: lŎk
v. i.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Looked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Looking.]
2.To direct the attention (to something); to consider; to examine; as, to look at an action.
3.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.
- Addison.
Observe how such a practice looks in another person.
- I. Watts.
4.To have a particular direction or situation; to face; to front.
The inner gate that looketh to north.
- Ezek. viii. 3.
The east gate . . . which looketh eastward.
- Ezek. xi. 1.
5.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.
- Milton.
Look that ye bind them fast.
- Shak.
Look if it be my daughter.
- Talfourd.
6.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.
- Shak.
7.To await the appearance of anything; to expect; to anticipate.
Looking each hour into death's mouth to fall.
- Spenser.
To look about
to look on all sides, or in different directions.
To look about one
to be on the watch; to be vigilant; to be circumspect or guarded.
To look after
a - To attend to; to take care of; as, to look after children.
b - To expect; to be in a state of expectation.
Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.
- Luke xxi. 26.
My subject does not oblige me to look after the water, or point forth the place where to it is now retreated.
- Woodward.
The bishops thereat repined, and looked black.
- Holinshed.
Her friends would look on her the worse.
- Prior.
I'll be a candleholder, and look on.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To look at; to turn the eyes toward.
2.To seek; to search for.
Looking my love, I go from place to place.
- Spenser.
3.To expect.
4.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.
- Dryden.
5.To express or manifest by a look.
Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again.
- Byron.
To look daggers
See under Dagger.
To look in the face
to face or meet with boldness or confidence; hence, sometimes, to meet for combat.
To look out
to seek for; to search out; as, prudent persons look out associates of good reputation.
n.1.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.
- Shak.
2.Expression of the eyes and face; manner; as, a proud or defiant look.
Up ! up! my friends, and clear your looks.
- Wordsworth.
3.Appearance; aspect; as, the house has a gloomy look; the affair has a bad look.
Pain, disgrace, and poverty have frighted looks.
- Locke.
There was something that reminded me of Dante's Hell in the look of this.
- Carlyle.

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