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v. looked, look·ing, looks
a. To employ one's sight, especially in a given direction or on a given object: looking out the window; looked at the floor.
b. To search: We looked all afternoon but could not find it.
a. To turn one's glance or gaze: looked to the right.
b. To turn one's attention; attend: looked to his neglected guitar during vacation; looked at the evidence.
c. To turn one's expectations: looked to us for a solution.
3. To seem or appear to be: look morose.
4. To face in a specified direction: The cottage looks on the river.
1. To turn one's eyes on: looked him in the eye.
2. To convey by one's expression: looked annoyance at the judge; looked his devotion to me.
a. To have an appearance of conformity with: He looks his age. She dressed up to look the part.
b. To appear to be: looked the fool in one version of the story.
a. The act or instance of looking: I took just one look and I was sure.
b. A gaze or glance expressive of something: gave her a mournful look.
a. Appearance or aspect: a look of great age.
b. looks Physical appearance, especially when pleasing.
c. A distinctive, unified manner of dress or fashion: the preferred look for this fall.
Phrasal Verbs:
look after
To take care of: looked after his younger brother.
look for
1. To search for; seek: looking for my gloves.
2. To expect: Look for a change of weather in March.
look into
To inquire into; investigate: The police looked into the disturbance.
look on (or upon)
To regard in a certain way: looked on them as incompetents.
look out
To be watchful or careful; take care: If you don't look out, you may fall on the ice. We looked out for each other on the trip.
look over
To examine or inspect, often in hasty fashion: looked over the proposal before the meeting.
look to Usage Problem
1. To expect or hope to: He looked to hear from her within a week.
2. To seem about to; promise to: "an 'Action Program,' which ... looked to reduce tariffs on over 1,800 items" (Alan D. Romberg).
look up
1. To search for and find, as in a reference book.
2. To visit: look up an old friend.
3. To become better; improve: Things are at last looking up.
look a gift horse in the mouth
To be critical or suspicious of something one has received without expense.
look alive/sharp Informal
To act or respond quickly: Look alive! We leave in five minutes.
look down on/upon
To regard with contempt or condescension.
look down (one's) nose at/on
To regard with contempt or condescension.
look forward to
To think of (a future event) with pleasurable, eager anticipation: looking forward to graduation.
look in on
To visit: I look in on my grandparents each weekend.
look the other way
To deliberately overlook something: knew the student was cheating but decided to look the other way.
look up to
To admire: looked up to her mother.

[Middle English loken, from Old English lōcian.]
Usage Note: When followed by an infinitive, look often means "expect" or "hope," as in The executives look to increase sales once the economy improves or I'm looking to sell my car in July. In our 1997 survey, the Usage Panel was divided almost evenly on this usage, with 52 percent of the Panelists finding it acceptable and 48 percent rejecting it. In 2008, 55 percent rejected it, suggesting that resistance is not eroding, at least not for use in more formal contexts. The usage has an informal flavor and is popular among sports writers: The Spartans are looking to improve their offensive production. The Cubs look to continue their dominance of their division.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


pl n
a person's physical appearance
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014




  1. Accusing look … as Cotton Mather might have looked at a Salem woman in the stocks —Mary Gordon
  2. Always looked at you as if you had interrupted him in the performance of some slightly tedious but nonetheless necessary task —Louis Auchincloss
  3. Black glance like ice —Jean Garrigue
  4. Contemplate … with a kind of quiet premeditation, like that of a slow-witted man fondling an unaccustomed thought —Beryl Markham
  5. Disdainful look like that of a coffee drinker sipping a cup of instant —Anon
  6. Exchanged fidgeting looks like a pair of consternated hamsters —Sarah Bird
  7. Exchanged wide-eyed looks that clinked in the air like fine glassware —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  8. Eyeing me … like a starved hog watching the trough get filled —Harold Adams
  9. Felt his eyes slide over her like a steamy wet cloak —Joseph Wambaugh
  10. Gaze at me like chastened children sitting silent in a school —Thomas Hardy
  11. Gazed at … with nudging, sympathetic smiles, like grandmothers watching babies in a play-pen —Mary McCarthy
  12. Gaze … fixed like a snake’s —Donald MacKenzie
  13. Glance as vacant as the smoothness of the pond —David Ignatow
  14. Glanced at one another like tigers taking measure of a menacing new rival —Erich Segal
  15. Glance … like a needle’s flash —Frank Swinnerton
  16. Glowered back like a sullen watchdog —Frank Swinnerton
  17. Her flat dark eyes moved down Melinda like a smudge —Jessamyn West
  18. Her gaze moved like a prison searchlight —Michael Dorris
  19. Her gaze was like a magnet that drew towards it my will-less secret —Jean Stafford
  20. His eyes glowed on me like a warm hand —Borden Deal
  21. His eyes on me as hot as a bare hand —R. Wright Campbell
  22. His eyes set on Linda’s open shirtfront like a cat sighting a fat bird —Gloria Norris

    See Also: MEN AND WOMEN

  23. His eyes slewed round to meet yours and then cannoned off again like a pool-ball —Séan Virgo
  24. His glance came back across mine like saw teeth across a nail —Wallace Stegner
  25. His look was like a hand in the scruff of Bruce’s neck —Wallace Stegner
  26. Like swallows darting about a barn her deep blue eyes flickered from one to the other —F. van Wyck Mason
  27. (Gave me) a long [forgiving] look like Christ crucified —Clare Boylan
  28. Look at him as if he were a lamppost —Leo Tolstoy
  29. Looked about him like the fallen archangel whose only wish was for eternal enmity —Honoré de Balzac
  30. Looked around her at the crowd, with eyes smarting, unseeing, and tearful as if an oculist had put caustic eye-drops into them —Boris Pasternak
  31. Looked at each other like schoolboys caught masturbating —Lawrence Durrell
  32. Looked at each other in a flicker fast as a snake’s tongue —Rosellen Brown
  33. Looked at her like she was some kind of Italian sports car and he was ready to drive her —Dialogue from “Murder She Wrote” television drama, broadcast in March 19, 1987,

    The look thus described is attributed to a jealous husband.

  34. Looked at her like a bird that has been shot —D. H. Lawrence
  35. Looked at him as a guinea pig looks at a big dog —Frank Swinnerton
  36. Looked at him as a sergeant in the United States Marines would look at a recruit who had just called a rifle a gun —Norman MacLean
  37. Looked at me as if I were a mongrel that had suddenly said, “Hi” —Harold Adams
  38. Looked at me as though I had suddenly broke out with a filthy disease —M. C. Blackman
  39. Looked at me expectantly as a poodle —Erich Maria Remarque
  40. Looked at me intently, as if trying to recall something —Mihail Lermontov
  41. Looked at me keenly, like a smart boxer stung in the first round and cagily reappraising the character of his opposition —Robert Traver
  42. Looked at me like she was ready to carve my liver —Larry McMurtry
  43. Looked at Whistler [character in novel] as if she’d like to crush him with her thighs or smother him with her tits —Robert Campbell
  44. Looked at … with an awakened air, as if she were pricking up her ears like a trooper’s horse at the sound of a trumpet —Honoré de Balzac
  45. Looked at you without really seeing you, like a TV broadcaster reading the teleprompter —Elyse Sommer
  46. Looked him up and down like a sergeant inspecting the ranks —George Garrett
  47. Looked knowing and quizzical, like someone smiling with a mouthful of salts —George MacDonald Fraser
  48. Looked through us like glass —Alan Williamson
  49. Looked towards me as towards a jury —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  50. Looking about him as if he had a score to settle —Romain Gary
  51. Looking at him with something cold as dislike —Rebecca West
  52. (She was) looking at us … like she had emptied her eyes, like she had quit using them —William Faulkner
  53. Looking from face to face like he was judge —Jayne Anne Phillips
  54. Looking on one another, sideways and crossways, and with lowered eyes, like guilty criminals —Anzia Yezierska
  55. A look passed between them, like the silent exchange of two doctors who agree on a simple diagnosis without having to put it in words —Marilyn Sharp
  56. Looks black as thunder —J. R. Planche
  57. Looks … like the lizard watches the fly —Leslie Silko
  58. A look that burned like live coals on our naked bodies —Anzia Yezierska
  59. Playing his eyes over the other’s face like the feelers of insects —Arthur A. Cohen
  60. Regarded her with raised brows like a doctor who is considering how fully to answer a layman’s question —Saul Bellow
  61. Regarded me somberly but warily, as you might examine a particularly ferocious gorilla from the other side of a set of flimsy bars —Harvey Swados
  62. She looked at him with that cunning which those who profess unworldliness can wield like a club of stone —Francine du Plessix Gray

    See Also: CLEVERNESS

  63. She took him in as if he were frozen in a block of ice or enclosed in a cage of wires —Louise Erdrich
  64. That look that seemed to enter him like an enormous jolt of neat whiskey —Daniel Curley
  65. The each-for-himself look in the eyes of the people about her were like stinging slaps in the face —Anzia Yezierska
  66. Their eyes caromed off each other like the balls on a table —Ed McBain
  67. Their eyes rolled like marbles toward one another —Mary Hedin
  68. Their glances crossed like blades —Stephen Crane
  69. Triumphant look, like the fallen angel restored —D. H. Lawrence
  70. A true-felt look … laden with sweetness, white, mesmerizing, like the blossom that hangs from the cherry trees —Edna O’Brien
  71. Turned to me in blank apprehension like a blind woman taken by surprise —Ross Macdonald
  72. Uncomprehending gaze … like an anxious monkey —Mary Stewart
  73. Watching me as though trying to work out a puzzle —C. J. Koch
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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[lʊks] npl (appearance) → aspetto; (attractiveness) → bellezza
she has kept her (good) looks → è rimasta bella
you can't go by looks → non si può giudicare dalle apparenze
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(luk) verb
1. to turn the eyes in a certain direction so as to see, to find, to express etc. He looked out of the window; I've looked everywhere, but I can't find him; He looked at me (angrily).
2. to seem. It looks as if it's going to rain; She looks sad.
3. to face. The house looks west.
1. the act of looking or seeing. Let me have a look!
2. a glance. a look of surprise.
3. appearance. The house had a look of neglect.
ˈlook-alike noun
a person who looks (exactly) like someone else; a double. the prince's look-alike.
having a certain appearance. good-looking; strange-looking.
looks noun plural
(attractive) appearance. She lost her looks as she grew older; good looks.
ˌlooker-ˈon noun
a person who is watching something happening; an onlooker.
ˈlooking-glass noun
a mirror.
ˈlookout noun
1. a careful watch. a sharp lookout; (also adjective) a lookout post.
2. a place from which such a watch can be kept.
3. a person who has been given the job of watching. There was a shout from the lookout.
4. concern, responsibility. If he catches you leaving early, that's your lookout!
by the look(s) of
judging from the appearance of (someone or something) it seems likely or probable. By the looks of him, he won't live much longer; It's going to rain by the look of it.
look after
to attend to or take care of. to look after the children.
look ahead
to consider what will happen in the future.
look down one's nose at
to regard with contempt.
look down on
to regard as inferior. She looks down on her husband's relations.
look for
to search for. She lost her handbag and wasted ten minutes looking for it.
look forward to
to wait with pleasure for. I am looking forward to seeing you / to the holidays.
look here!
give your attention to this. Look here! Isn't that what you wanted?; Look here, Mary, you're being unfair!
look in on
to visit briefly. I decided to look in on Paul and Carol on my way home.
look into
to inspect or investigate closely. The manager will look into your complaint.
look on
1. to watch something. No, I don't want to play – I'd rather look on.
2. (with as) to think of or consider. I have lived with my aunt since I was a baby, and I look on her as my mother.
look out
1. (usually with for) to watch. She was looking out for him from the window.
2. to find by searching. I've looked out these books for you.
look out!
beware! take care!.
look over
to examine. We have been looking over the new house.
look through
to look at or study briefly. I've looked through your notes.
look up
1. to improve. Things have been looking up lately.
2. to pay a visit to. I looked up several old friends.
3. to search for in a book of reference. You should look the word up (in a dictionary).
4. to consult (a reference book). I looked up in the encyclopedia.
look up to
to respect the conduct, opinions etc of. He has always looked up to his father.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands alone and throws one's head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one's heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun--which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years.
But judging from the looks on you,' retorted Riderhood, completely ridding himself of his grass, and drawing his sleeve across his mouth, 'you've made ekally sure afore, and have got disapinted.
He cocked his head to one side, shut one eye and put the other one to the hole, like a possum looking down a jug; then he glanced up with his bright eyes, gave a wink or two with his wings--which signifies gratification, you understand--and says, 'It looks like a hole, it's located like a hole--blamed if I don't believe it IS a hole!'
It looks perfectly solid and genuwyne, just the way it done before it died."
It seems to me that no man born and truthful to himself could declare that he ever saw the sea looking young as the earth looks young in spring.
Mildred had listened, with some pretence of disgust sometimes, but generally with curiosity; and Philip, admiringly, had enlarged upon his friend's good looks and charm.
WHILE she adjusted the broad leaves that set off the pale fragrant butter as the primrose is set off by its nest of green I am afraid Hetty was thinking a great deal more of the looks Captain Donnithorne had cast at her than of Adam and his troubles.
With mingled feelings of annoyance at never being able to get away from acquaintances anywhere, and longing to find some sort of diversion from the monotony of his life, Vronsky looked once more at the gentleman, who had retreated and stood still again, and at the same moment a light came into the eyes of both.
He looked like an Italian, was dressed like an Englishman, and had the independent air of an American--a combination which caused sundry pairs of feminine eyes to look approvingly after him, and sundry dandies in black velvet suits, with rose-colored neckties, buff gloves, and orange flowers in their buttonholes, to shrug their shoulders, and then envy him his inches.
There's something ever egotistical in mountain-tops and towers, and all other grand and lofty things; look here, --three peaks as proud as Lucifer.
The buyers and sellers, too, many of them, looked not much better off than the poor beasts they were bargaining about.
Now, waxwork and skeleton seemed to have dark eyes that moved and looked at me.