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verb     look pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlelooking
past tenselooked
past participlelooked
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to direct your eyes toward someone or something so that you can see them

    Looking closely you could see traces of gray in her hair.

    look at:

    Dan looked at his watch.

    Susannah looked at herself in the mirror.

    look down/away/through etc.:

    If you look through this window, you can see the cathedral.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to search for someone or something

    I don’t know where the keys are. I’ve looked everywhere.

    look for:

    I spent most of the morning looking for my passport.

    look through/under/in etc.:

    The burglar had looked through all the closets and bureaus.

  3. 3
    [linking verb] to have a particular appearance

    He looked about twenty.

    look like:

    “What does your brother look like?” “He’s tall and thin, with brown hair.”

    look as if/as though:

    Herbie looked as if he were going to cry.

    look happy/tired/funny etc.:

    He looked very funny in his hat.

    look important/strange/interesting etc.:

    An important-looking letter arrived for Dave.

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  4. 4
    [linking verb] to think about something in a particular way
    look at:

    John thinks that success is being rich, but I don’t look at it like that.

  5. 5
    [linking verb] to seem to be something

    Things were beginning to look a bit gloomy.

    look a fool/idiot etc.:

    You’ve made me look such an idiot!

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  6. 6
    [linking verb] used for giving your opinion about how likely it is that something will happen or be true
    look certain/unlikely etc. to do something:

    He looks certain to win the tournament.

    it looks like/it looks as if (=it seems likely that):

    It looks like Bill will be able to come too.

  7. 7
    [intransitive] [always in imperative] spoken used when you want someone to look at something surprising or interesting

    Look! There’s John!

    1. a.
      used for making a suggestion or when you want someone to pay attention to what you are going to say

      Look, why don’t we meet for a drink and talk about it then?

  8. 8
    [intransitive] if a building or room looks in a particular direction, it faces that direction
    look north/south etc.:

    He strolled towards the huge windows that looked south across Manhattan.

    look out over something:

    My room looked out over the lake.

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