glimpse - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleglimpsing
past tenseglimpsed
past participleglimpsed
  1. to see someone or something for a moment or not completely

    He glimpsed a short white-haired figure heading for the back gate.

    1. a.
      mainly literary to have a short opportunity to understand someone or something

      For a moment Jonathan glimpsed the solitude of the true artist.