Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the feelings expressed on a person's face
    a look of triumph
    an angry face
  2. (noun, act) the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
    his look was fixed on her eyes
    he gave it a good looking at
    his camera does his looking for him
  3. (noun, attribute) physical appearance
  4. (noun, state) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
    it had the smell of treason
  5. (verb, perception) perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
    Look at your child!
    Look--a deer in the backyard!
  6. (verb, perception) give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
    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
  7. (verb, body) have a certain outward or facial expression
    The child looks unhappy
    She looked pale after the surgery
  8. (verb, perception) search or seek
    Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!
  9. (verb, stative) be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
    My backyard look onto the pond
    The building faces the park
  10. (verb, social) take charge of or deal with
    I must attend to this matter
    She took care of this business
  11. (verb, communication) convey by one's expression
  12. (verb, cognition) look forward to the probable occurrence of
    She is looking to a promotion
    he is waiting to be drafted
  13. (verb, stative) accord in appearance with
  14. (verb, cognition) have faith or confidence in
    Look to your friends for support
    You can bet on that!
    Depend on your family in times of crisis

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Look

  1. O.E. locian "see, gaze, look, spy," from W.Gmc. *lokjan (cf. O.S. lokon, M.Du. loeken, O.H.G. luogen, Ger. dial. lugen "to look out"), of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with Bret. lagud "eye." In O.E., usually with on; the use of at began 14c. Meaning "to have a certain appearance" is from c.1400. Noun meaning "an … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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