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noun look pronunciation in American English /lʊk/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] an act of looking at someone or something
    take/have a look at:

    Can I have a look at your new skateboard?

    take a good/close look (=look carefully):

    He got out of the car so he could take a closer look.

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] an expression that you have on your face or in your eyes
    a look on someone's face:

    I could tell by the look on his face that he was not happy.

    a look in someone's eyes:

    He had that look in his eyes that always meant trouble.

    give someone a look (=look at them in a particular way):

    She gave me a worried look.

    a dirty look (=an unfriendly look):

    I don't know why he's giving me such dirty looks.

    a look of surprise/horror/disgust etc.:

    She saw the look of surprise on Nicky's face.

  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] the appearance that someone or something has
    have a...look about/to it:

    The town had a very run-down look about it.

    by the look(s) of:

    By the looks of him, he hadn't had a bath for days.

    not like the look of someone/something (=think they look bad, unpleasant, etc.):

    I don't like the look of him.

    1. a.

      looks

      [plural] the attractive appearance of someone, especially their face

      She's got everything – looks, intelligence, and money.

      lose your looks:

      Even as she grew older, she never lost her looks.

    2. b.
      [countable] a particular style in clothes, furniture, etc.

      Let us help you to create a stylish modern look for your home.

  4. 4
    [countable] [usually singular] an act of thinking carefully about a problem or situation
    take/have a look at something:

    We need to take a look at the way we deal with orders.

    take a (long) hard look at something (=think very carefully and seriously about it):

    You seem to be permanently stressed out – I think you should take a long hard look at your life.

    take a fresh look at something (=think about it again in a different way):

    Insurance companies are taking a fresh look at Singapore's earthquake risks.

  5. 5
    [countable] [usually singular] an act of searching for someone or something
    have a look for someone/something:

    I've left my watch somewhere – I'd better have a look for it.

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a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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