look at - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylook at
he/she/itlooks at
present participlelooking at
past tenselooked at
past participlelooked at
  1. 1
    look at someone/something to direct your eyes towards someone or something so that you can see them

    He turned and looked at her.

  2. 2
    look at something to think about a situation or subject carefully, especially in order to make a decision

    We’re looking carefully at all the options.

  3. 3
    look at something to read something quickly so that you can give an opinion on it

    Would you like me to look at your essay before you hand it in?

  4. 4
    look at someone/something if an expert looks at someone or something, they examine them and decide what to do

    I’d like a skin specialist to look at that rash of yours.

  5. 5
    [always in imperative] spoken used for giving an example that proves that what you are saying is true

    Look at Helen. She’s much happier now she’s changed jobs.

  6. 6
    look at that spoken used for telling someone to look at something because it is surprising, unusual etc

    Look at that! Someone’s taken my parking space!

  7. 7
    look at you spoken
    1. a.
      used for telling someone that you are not impressed by them, especially in reply to a comment that they have made about you or your behaviour

      Look at you! It’s eleven o’clock and you’re still in bed.

  8. 8
    not look twice at used for saying that you are not at all interested in someone or something

    I wouldn’t look twice at someone like him.

  9. 9
    not much to look at informal not very attractive

    He’s not much to look at, but he has a great personality.

  10.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    looked at one way ... looked at another way used for giving a different opinion about something

    Looked at one way, the project is beneficial for people. Looked at another way, it will cost the taxpayer a pretty penny.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 22/06/2015
See also main entry: look