to have an appearance appropriate to or befitting (something):
She looked her age.
to appear to be; look like:
He looked a perfect fool, coming to the party a day late.
to express or suggest by looks:
to look one's annoyance at a person.
Archaic. to bring, put, etc., by looks.
the act of looking:
a look of inquiry.
a visual search or examination.
the way in which a person or thing appears to the eye or to the mind; aspect:
He has the look of an honest man. The tablecloth has a cheap look.
an expressive glance:
to give someone a sharp look.
general aspect; appearance:
to like the looks of a place.
attractive, pleasing appearance.
to follow with the eye, as someone or something moving away:
She looked after him as he walked toward the train station.
to pay attention to; concern oneself with:
to look after one's own interests.
to take care of; minister to:
to look after a child.
look back, to review past events; return in thought:
When I look back on our school days, it seems as if they were a century ago.
look down on/upon, to regard with scorn or disdain; have contempt for:
They look down on all foreigners.
to seek; search for:
Columbus was looking for a shorter route to India when he discovered America.
to anticipate; expect:
I'll be looking for you at the reception.
Also, look into. to look briefly inside of:
Look in the jar and tell me if any cookies are left.
Also, look in on. to visit (a person, place, etc.) briefly:
I'll look in some day next week.
look into, to inquire into; investigate; examine:
The auditors are looking into the records to find the cause of the discrepancy.
to be a spectator; watch:
The crowd looked on at the street brawl.
to consider; regard:
They look upon gambling as sinful.
to look to the outside, as from a window or a place of observation:
From her office window, she could look out over the bustling city.
to be vigilant or on guard:
Look out, there are dangers ahead.
to afford a view; face:
The room looks out on the garden.
look out for, to take watchful care of; be concerned about:
He has to look out for his health.
look over, to examine, especially briefly:
Will you please look over my report before I submit it?
to direct one's glance or gaze to:
If you look to your left, you can see the Empire State Building.
to pay attention to:
Look to your own affairs and stay out of mine.
to direct one's expectations or hopes to:
We look to the day when world peace will be a reality.
to regard with expectation and anticipation:
We look to the future and greater advances in science and technology.
to direct the eyes upward; raise one's glance:
The other guests looked up as she entered the room.
to become better or more prosperous; improve:
Business is looking up.
to search for, as an item of information, in a reference book or the like:
Look up the answer in the encyclopedia.
to seek out, especially to visit:
to look up an old friend.
Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to head more nearly in the direction of its destination after a favoring change of wind.
look up to, to regard with admiration or respect; esteem:
A boy needs a father he can look up to.
look daggers, to look at someone with a furious, menacing expression:
I could see my partner looking daggers at me.
look down one's nose at, to regard with an overbearing attitude of superiority, disdain, or censure:
The more advanced students really looked down their noses at the beginners.
look forward to, to anticipate with eagerness or pleasure:
I always look forward to your visits.
to be alert and quick:
If you want to get ahead, you must look sharp.
Also, British, look slippy. to hurry:
You'd better look sharp! It's getting late.
before 900; (v.) Middle Englishlōk(i)en,Old Englishlōcian; cognate with Middle Dutchlœken, akin to dialectal Germanlugen to look out; (noun) Middle Englishloke act of looking, glance, countenance, derivative of the v.
1. See watch. 6. See seem. 16. gaze, glance. 17. appearance, air.
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 act of looking" is c.1200; meaning "appearance of a person" is from late 14c. To look down upon in the figurative sense is from 1711; to look down one's nose is from 1921. To look forward "anticipate" is c.1600; meaning "anticipate with pleasure" is mid-19c. In look sharp (1711) sharp originally was an adv. "sharply." Look after "take care of" is from late 14c.; look into "investigate" is from 1580s; to not look back "make no pauses" is colloquial, first attested 1893. Look up "research in books or papers" is from 1690s.
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with look over
look up and down. Examine or inspect something or someone. For example, Jerry was looking over the books when he found an error, or They looked the new boy up and down. The first expression dates from the mid-1400s, the variant from the late 1800s.