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If someone directs their eyes towards something, you say that they look at it.
When look has this meaning, it must be followed by at. Don't say, for example, 'Lang looked his watch'.
Don't confuse look with see or watch.
If you want to say that someone shows a particular feeling when they look at someone or something, use an adverb, not an adjective. For example, you say 'She looked sadly at her husband'. Don't say 'She looked sad at her husband'.
If you intend to use your eyes to find out if something is true, you say that you will see or look and see if it is true.
Don't say that you will 'look' if something is true.
You can use see to say that you will find out about something, even if you are not talking about using your eyes. For example, you can say 'I'll see if Li is in her office', and then find out whether Li is in her office by making a phone call there.
Look can also be used to mean 'seem' or 'appear'. When you use look like this, you use an adjective after it, not an adverb. For example, you say 'She looked sad'. Don't say 'She looked sadly'.
You only use look to mean 'seem' when talking about the appearance of something.
Past participle: looked
|Noun||1.||look - the feelings expressed on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"|
countenance, visage - the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"
leer - a suggestive or sneering look or grin
|2.||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"|
scrutiny - a prolonged intense look
squint - the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed
stare - a fixed look with eyes open wide
evil eye - a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harm
survey, view, sight - the act of looking or seeing or observing; "he tried to get a better view of it"; "his survey of the battlefield was limited"
dekko - British slang for a look
|3.||look - physical appearance; "I don't like the looks of this place"|
|4.||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"|
ambiance, ambience, atmosphere - a particular environment or surrounding influence; "there was an atmosphere of excitement"
Hollywood - 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"
Zeitgeist - the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
|Verb||1.||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!"|
stare - fixate one's eyes; "The ancestor in the painting is staring down menacingly"
get a load, have a look, take a look - look at with attention; "Have a look at this!"; "Get a load of this pretty woman!"
look away - avert one's gaze; "She looked away when the nurse pricked her arm with the needle"
look around - look about oneself; "look around to see whether you can find the missing document"
ogle - look at with amorous intentions
give the glad eye - look seductively at someone
leer - look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression; "The men leered at the young women on the beach"
admire - look at with admiration
peep - look furtively; "He peeped at the woman through the window"
glance, peek, glint - throw a glance at; take a brief look at; "She only glanced at the paper"; "I only peeked--I didn't see anything interesting"
gloat - gaze at or think about something with great self-satisfaction, gratification, or joy
give the eye, give the once over - look at with a critical eye; "When the movie star entered, all the women gave him the once over"
squint - be cross-eyed; have a squint or strabismus
peer - look searchingly; "We peered into the back of the shop to see whether a salesman was around"
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, suss out, look into, go over - examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
retrospect, look back, review - look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember; "she reviewed her achievements with pride"
look up, consult, refer - seek information from; "You should consult the dictionary"; "refer to your notes"
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
look away - avert one's gaze; "She looked away when the nurse pricked her arm with the needle"
look after - keep under careful scrutiny; "Keep an eye on this prisoner!"
|2.||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"|
make - appear to begin an activity; "He made to speak but said nothing in the end"; "She made as if to say hello to us"
cut - give the appearance or impression of; "cut a nice figure"
feel - produce a certain impression; "It feels nice to be home again"
pass off - be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity; "She passed off as a Russian agent"
sound - appear in a certain way; "This sounds interesting"
come across - be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression
glow, radiate, beam, shine - have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
loom - come into view indistinctly, often threateningly; "Another air plane loomed into the sky"
feel - be felt or perceived in a certain way; "The ground feels shaky"; "The sheets feel soft"
|3.||look - have a certain outward or facial expression; "How does she look?"; "The child looks unhappy"; "She looked pale after the surgery"|
squint - partly close one's eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light; "The driver squinted as the sun hit his windshield"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
|4.||look - search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"|
hunt - search (an area) for prey; "The King used to hunt these forests"
examine, see - 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"
cruise - look for a sexual partner in a public place; "The men were cruising the park"
prospect - search for something desirable; "prospect a job"
|5.||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"|
lie - be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
face - be opposite; "the facing page"; "the two sofas face each other"
confront - be face to face with; "The child screamed when he confronted the man in the Halloween costume"
|6.||look - take charge of or deal with; "Could you see about lunch?"; "I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this business"|
minister - attend to the wants and needs of others; "I have to minister to my mother all the time"
tend - have care of or look after; "She tends to the children"
|7.||look - convey by one's expression; "She looked her devotion to me"|
convey - make known; pass on, of information; "She conveyed the message to me"
|8.||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"|
expect - look forward to the birth of a child; "She is expecting in March"
anticipate, expect - regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
look forward - expect or hope for; "I look to hear from you soon"
look to - turn one's interests or expectations towards; "look to the future"; "this method looks to significant wavings"
hold the line, hang on, hold on - hold the phone line open; "Please hang on while I get your folder"
|9.||look - accord in appearance with; "You don't look your age!"|
|10.||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"|
look on or upon
to have a look at sth → echar un vistazo a algo
let me have a look → déjame ver
have a look at this! → ¡mira esto!, ¡échale un vistazo a esto!
shall we have a look round the town? → ¿damos una vuelta por la ciudad?
to have a look round a house → inspeccionar una casa
to take a look at sth → echar un vistazo a algo
take a look at this! → ¡míra esto!, ¡échale un vistazo a esto!
to take a good look at sth → mirar algo detenidamente
to take a long hard look at o.s (fig) → examinarse a sí mismo detenidamente
take a long hard look before deciding → antes de decidir conviene pensar muchísimo
do you want a look? → ¿quieres verlo?
she gave me a dirty look → me echó una mirada de odio
he gave me a furious look → me miró furioso, me lanzó una mirada furiosa
a look of despair → una cara de desesperación
we got some very odd looks → la gente nos miró extrañada
if looks could kill* → si las miradas mataran ...
I've had a good look for it already → lo he buscado ya en todas partes
have another look! → ¡vuelve a buscar!
there's a mischievous look about that child → ese niño tiene pinta de pillo
he had a sad look → tenía un aspecto or aire triste
he had the look of a sailor → tenía aire de marinero
by the look(s) of it or things → a juzgar por las apariencias
by the look(s) of him → viéndole, se diría que ...
you can't go by looks alone → es arriesgado juzgar por las apariencias nada más
to like the look of sb/sth I don't like the look of him → me cae mal, no me fío de él
I don't like the look of it → no me gusta nada
good looks → belleza fsing
she has kept her looks → sigue tan guapa como siempre
she's losing her looks → no es tan guapa como antes
look! → ¡mira!
look here! → ¡oye!
just look! → ¡mira!, ¡fíjate!
I'll look and see → voy a ver
look how she does it → fíjate cómo lo hace
look who's here! → ¡mira quién está aquí!
to look into sb's eyes → mirarle a los ojos a algn
to look the other way (lit) → mirar para el otro lado (fig) → hacer como que no se da cuenta
to be looking over sb's shoulder (fig) → estar siempre vigilando a algn
to look down one's nose at sth/sb → menospreciar algo/a algn
look before you leap → mira bien lo que haces
you can't have looked far → no has mirado mucho
you should have looked more carefully → tendrías que haber mirado mejor
he looks about 60 (years old) → aparenta tener alrededor de los 60 años
to look one's age → aparentar or representar su edad
she doesn't look her age → no aparenta or representa la edad que tiene
it looks all right to me → me parece que está bien
it will look bad (fig) → quedará mal
he wanted to look his best for the interview → quería estar lo mejor (arreglado) posible para la entrevista
I don't look my best first thing in the morning → cuando me levanto por la mañana no estoy muy guapa que digamos
he just does it to look big → lo hace sólo para impresionar
they made me look a fool → me hicieron quedar como un idiota
they made me look foolish → me hicieron quedar en ridículo
he looks good in a uniform → está muy guapo en uniforme
Manchester United are looking good for the championship → el Manchester United tiene muchas posibilidades de ganar el campeonato
it looks good on you → te sienta bien
he looks happy → parece contento
she wasn't looking herself → parecía otra, no parecía la misma
how does it look to you? → ¿qué te parece?
how do I look? → ¿cómo estoy?
she's 70 but doesn't look it → tiene 70 años pero no los aparenta or representa
look lively! → ¡muévete!
that cake looks nice → ese pastel tiene buena pinta
that hairstyle makes her look old → ese peinado la hace parece mayor
to look the part (fig) → parecerlo
she looked prettier than ever → estaba más guapa que nunca
how pretty you look! → ¡qué guapa estás!
it looks promising → parece prometedor
to make sb look small (fig) → rebajar a algn
he looked surprised → hizo un gesto de extrañeza
he looks tired → parece cansado
to look well [person] → tener buena cara
it looks well → parece muy bien, tiene buena apariencia
to look like
he looks like his brother → se parece a su hermano
this photo doesn't look like him → la foto no se le parece, en esta foto no parece él
to look as if or as though: it looks as if or as though the train will be late → parece que el tren va a llegar tarde
try to look as if or as though you're glad to see me → haz como que te alegras de verme
it doesn't look as if or as though he's coming → parece que no va a venir
to look sb (straight) in the eye(s) or in the face → mirar directamente a los ojos de algn
I would never be able to look her in the eye(s) or face again → no podría resistir su mirada, siempre me avergonzaría al verla
to look sb up and down → mirar a algn de arriba abajo
he can look after himself → sabe cuidar de or valerse por sí mismo
she can't look after herself any more → ya no puede valerse por sí misma
to look around for sth → buscar algo
we're looking around for a house → estamos buscando casa
to look hard at [+ person] → observar detenidamente; [+ idea] → estudiar cuidadosamente
just look at this mess! → ¡mira qué desorden!
to look at him you would never think that → por la apariencia nunca pensarías que ...
it isn't much to look at; it's nothing to look at → no es muy bonito
look at how she does it → fíjate cómo lo hace
it depends (on) how you look at it → depende de cómo se enfoca la cuestión, depende del punto de vista de uno
whichever way you look at it → se mire por donde se mire
will you look at the engine? → ¿podría revisar el motor?
I'll look at it tomorrow → lo miraré mañana
the landlady won't look at students → la patrona no aguanta los estudiantes
looking back, I'm surprised I didn't suspect anything → pensándolo ahora, me sorprende que no hubiera sospechado nada
to look back on or at [+ event, period] → recordar, rememorar
after that he never looked back (fig) → desde entonces todo le ha ido sobre ruedas
to look down at sb/sth → mirar abajo hacia algn/algo
we're looking forward to the journey → el viaje nos hace mucha ilusión
we had been looking forward to it for weeks → durante semanas enteras veníamos pensando en eso con mucha ilusión
I'm really looking forward to the holidays → estoy deseando que lleguen las vacaciones
I'm not looking forward to it at all → no me hace ninguna ilusión
to look forward to doing sth → tener muchas ganas de or estar deseando hacer algo
looking forward to hearing from you (in letter) → a la espera de sus noticias ...
I look on him as a friend → lo considero un amigo
we do not look on it with favour → no nos merece una buena opinión
to look kindly on sth/sb → mirar algo/a algn con buenos ojos
to look on the bright side (of things) → mirar el lado bueno (de las cosas)
to look out of the window → mirar por la ventana
it looks out on to the garden → da al jardín
do look out for pickpockets → ten mucho ojo con los carteristas
look out for special deals → estáte al tanto de las gangas
to look out for o.s → cuidar de sí mismo, cuidarse
he's only looking out for himself (pej) → sólo mira sus propios intereses
we look out for each other → nos cuidamos el uno al otro, cuidamos el uno del otro
I called him and he looked round → lo llamé y volvió la cabeza, lo llamé y se volvió
we're just looking round → estamos mirando solamente
do you mind if we look round? → ¿le importa que echemos un vistazo?
to look round an exhibition → visitar una exposición
I like looking round the shops → me gusta ir a ver tiendas
it's no good looking to me for help → es inútil recurrir a mí en busca de ayuda
to look to sb to do sth → esperar que algn haga algo, contar con algn para hacer algo
if you don't know a word, look it up in the dictionary → si no conoces una palabra, búscala en el diccionario
Omission of article
look! (expressing surprise) → regardez!
Look! A rainbow! → Regardez ! Un arc-en-ciel !
to look the other way (= ignore what is happening) → fermer les yeux
see also look at, look through
to look worried → avoir l'air inquiet
She looks surprised → Elle a l'air surprise.
That cake looks nice → Ce gâteau a l'air bon.
It looks fine → Ça a l'air bien.
It looks all right to me
BUT Ça me paraît bien.
It looks about 4 metres long
BUT Je dirais que ça fait 4 mètres de long.
it looks as if ... (= seems as though) → on dirait que ...
It looks as if they are going to lose the election → On dirait qu'il vont perdre les élections.
He looked as if he was going to smile → On aurait dit qu'il allait sourire.
it looks like rain → on dirait qu'il va pleuvoir
it looks like him (= seems to be him) → on dirait que c'est lui
He looks like his brother → Il ressemble à son frère.
What does she look like?
BUT Comment est-elle physiquement?.
to look on to the sea → donner sur la mer
to look sb in the eye, to look sb in the face → regarder qn droit dans les yeux
to look sb up and down → toiser qn
Have a look at this! → Regardez ceci!
Let me have a look → Fais voir.
Can I have a look? → Je peux regarder ?
to give sb a puzzled look → regarder qn d'un air perplexe
to take a long hard look at sth → examiner qch de près
to take a long hard look at o.s. (psychologically) → faire son autocritique
I had a quick look round for her
BUT J'ai jeté un coup d'œil pour voir si elle était là.
There was a worried look on his face → Il avait l'air inquiet.
a room with a traditional look → une pièce de style traditionnel
to not like the look of sth
I don't like the look of it → Ça ne me dit rien qui vaille.
by the look of it, by the looks of it → à ce qu'on dirait
He was not a well man by the look of him → Il n'avait pas l'air en bonne santé.
to lose one's looks → ne plus être aussi beau qu'autrefois(belle)
I look after my little sister → Je m'occupe de ma petite sœur.
to look after o.s.
He's old enough to look after himself → Il est assez grand pour se débrouiller tout seul.
Look after yourself! → Prends bien soin de toi !
You go on out. I'll look after the cooking → Sors, je m'occupe de la cuisine.
We'll help you look after your finances
BUT Nous vous aiderons à mettre vos finances en ordre.
We need to look ahead → Il nous faut penser à l'avenir.
You'll need to look ahead four or five years → Vous devez vous projeter quatre ou cinq ans en avant.
to look ahead to sth → envisager qch
We can look ahead to the next match with confidence → Nous pouvons envisager le prochain match avec confiance.
Look at the picture → Regardez cette image.
Look at me! → Regarde-moi !
Look at the time! → Tu as vu l'heure !
The situation must be looked at more closely → Il faut examiner la situation de plus près.
Let's look at the implications of this
BUT Voyons ce que ceci implique.
Look at what we have achieved over the past two years
BUT Voyez où nous sommes arrivés en deux ans.
to look back at sth/sb → se retourner pour regarder qch/qn
looking back, ... → rétrospectivement, ...
Looking back, I think I did the best I could → Rétrospectivement, je pense que j'ai fait de mon mieux.
to look back on sth [+ event, period] → repenser à qch
to look back on sth with regret → repenser à qch avec regret
I never looked back (was successful from then on) → à partir de ce moment-là, tout m'a réussi
Don't look down! → Ne regarde pas !
to look down from an upstairs window → regarder par une fenêtre du haut
to look down at the ground → regarder par terre
The house looks down on the river → La maison donne sur la rivière.
I'm looking forward to the holidays → J'attends les vacances avec impatience.
I'm not looking forward to it → Cette perspective ne me réjouit guère.
to look forward to doing sth
I'm really looking forward to going on holiday → Il me tarde vraiment de partir en vacances., J'ai vraiment hâte de partir en vacances.
I'm looking forward to seeing you → Il me tarde de te revoir.
The team is looking forward to playing there → L'équipe a hâte de jouer là-bas.
looking forward to hearing from you (in informal letter) → j'espère avoir bientôt de tes nouvelles
We look forward to hearing from you → Dans l'attente de vous lire ...
People looked on in silence → Les gens regardaient, silencieux.
She told how she looked on helplessly during the terrifying ordeal
BUT Elle a raconté qu'elle n'avait pu qu'assister, impuissante, à l'affreux supplice.
I look on him as a brother → Je le considère comme mon frère.
to look favourably on sb → voir qn d'un œil favorable
look out! → attention!
Look out for somewhere we can stop → Essaie de repérer un endroit pour nous arrêter.
Look out for special deals → Soyez à l'affût des bonnes affaires.
I shouted and he looked round → J'ai crié et il s'est retourné.
I'm just looking round → Je jette simplement un coup d'œil.
to look round the shops → faire les magasins
to look to sb for sth
The people look to us for guidance → Le peuple compte sur nous pour le guider.
Continental designers are looking to Britain for inspiration this season → Cette saison, les designers européens cherchent l'inspiration en Grande-Bretagne.
to look to sb to do sth → compter sur qn pour faire qch
He looked up from his newspaper → Il leva les yeux de son journal.
I'm just looking (in shop) → sto solo dando un'occhiata
I'll look and see → vado a vedere
look who's here! → (ma) guarda chi si vede!
to look the other way → guardare dall'altra parte (fig) → far finta di non vedere
to look ahead → guardare avanti (fig) → cominciare a pensare al futuro
to look south (building) → essere esposto/a a sud, dare a sud
look before you leap (fig) → non buttarti alla cieca
he looks (as if he's) happy → sembra or ha l'aria felice
she looked prettier than ever → era più graziosa che mai
he looks about 60 (years old) → dimostra una sessantina d'anni
it looks about 4 metres long → sarà lungo un 4 metri
you don't look yourself → non mi sembri in forma
you look or you're looking well → ti trovo bene
it looks good on you → ti sta bene, ti dona
it makes you look younger → ti ringiovanisce, ti fa sembrare più giovane
it looks all right to me → a me pare che vada bene
he looks like his brother → assomiglia a suo fratello
this photo doesn't look like him → in questa foto non sembra lui
it looks like cheese to me → mi sembra formaggio
it certainly looks like it → ne ha tutta l'aria
the party looks like being fun → la festa promette bene
it looks like rain → mi sa che sta per piovere
it looks as if or as though the train will be late → mi sa tanto che il treno sarà in ritardo
to look sb (straight) in the eye or in the face → guardare qn (dritto) negli occhi or in faccia
to look sb up and down → squadrare qn da capo a piedi
look where you're going! → guarda dove vai!
to look one's best → essere in gran forma
you must look your best for this interview → dovresti cercare di presentarti a questo colloquio ben vestito e ben curato
to look one's age → dimostrare la propria età
with a look of despair → con un'aria or un'espressione disperata
to have a look at sth → dare un'occhiata a qc
let me have a look → fammi vedere
to take a good look at sb/sth → guardare (per) bene qn/qc
to have a look for sth → cercare qc
shall we have a look round the town? → andiamo a visitare la città?
she gave me a dirty look → mi ha lanciato un'occhiataccia
he has a look of his mother about him → ha qualcosa di sua madre
there's a mischievous look about that child → quel bambino ha un'aria birichina
by the look of things it's going to rain → ha tutta l'aria di (voler) piovere
by the look of him → a vederlo
I don't like the look of him → ha un'aria che non mi piace
the new look for summer (Fashion) → il nuovo look m inv per l'estate
see also looks
to look after sth for sb → dare un'occhiata a qc per qn
he doesn't look after himself → si trascura
she's old enough to look after herself → è abbastanza grande per badare a se stessa
it isn't much to look at but ... (fam) → non è bellissimo/a ma...
could you look at the engine for me? → puoi dare un'occhiata al motore?
I wouldn't even look at such a low offer → non prenderei nemmeno in considerazione un'offerta così bassa
to look back at sth/sb → voltarsi a guardare qc/qn
he's never looked back (fig) → non ha fatto che migliorare
to look back on (event, period) → ripensare a
to look down at sb/sth → guardare giù verso qn/qc
I'm looking forward to his visit/the film → non vedo l'ora che venga/di vedere il film
I'm not looking forward to it → non ne ho nessuna voglia
looking forward to hearing from you (in letter) → aspettando tue notizie
to look onto the sea → dare sul mare
my room looks onto the garden → la mia camera si affaccia or dà sul giardino
to look out for sb/sth (watch out for) → guardare se arriva qn/qc
to look round for sb/sth → guardarsi intorno per cercare qn/qc