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see look at watch
When you see something, you are aware of it through your eyes, or you notice it.
When you look at something, you direct your eyes towards it.
When you watch something, you pay attention to it using your eyes, because you are interested in what it is doing, or in what may happen.
When you go to the theatre or cinema, you say that you see a play or film.
Don't say that someone 'looks at' a play or film. Don't say, for example 'I looked at that movie'.
You say that someone watches television. You can say that someone watches or sees a particular programme.
|Verb||1.||look at - take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"|
contemplate - consider as a possibility; "I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job"
trifle, dally, play - consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
think about - have on one's mind, think about actively; "I'm thinking about my friends abroad"; "She always thinks about her children first"
abstract - consider apart from a particular case or instance; "Let's abstract away from this particular example"
warm to - become excited about; "He warmed to the idea of a trip to Antarctica"
|2.||look at - look at carefully; study mentally; "view a problem"|
analyse, analyze, examine, study, canvass, canvas - consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"
contemplate - look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought; "contemplate one's navel"
groak - look or stare at longingly; "The dog his master who was eating a sausage"