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Synonyms

look around

to walk around a room, building, or place and see what is there

look at

to direct your eyes towards someone or something so that you can see them

look

verb

to direct your eyes towards someone or something so that you can see them

check on

to look at someone or something so that you are certain they are safe, satisfactory etc

examine

verb

to look at something carefully in order to find out about it or see what it is like

stare

verb

to look at someone or something very directly for a long time

stare

verb

if a person’s eyes are staring, they are wide open and looking directly at you

see

verb

to look at something in order to check it

shut

verb

if you shut your eyes, or if they shut, you close them so that you cannot see, often to avoid seeing something unpleasant

view

verb

to look at or watch something

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admire

verb

to look at someone or something that you think is beautiful or attractive

avert your eyes/gaze/head etc

to turn your eyes or face away from something that you do not want to see

be riveted on/to /someone/something

if your eyes or attention are riveted on or to someone or something, you are so interested or frightened that you cannot stop looking at them

browse

verb

to look at things in a shop without being sure whether you want to buy anything

cast

verb

to look at someone or something in a particular way

catch someone’s eye

to get someone’s attention by looking at them

check out

informal to look at someone or something to see whether you like them

consider

verb

formal to look at someone or something in a particular way

contemplate

verb

mainly literary to look at something or someone for a long time

drool

verb

informal to look at someone or something with great pleasure

drop

verb

if you drop your eyes or your gaze, you look downwards

exchange

verb

to look at someone who is looking at you

eye

verb

to look at someone or something carefully

eyeball

verb

informal to look at someone or something directly and carefully

fasten on

if your eyes fasten on someone or something, you start to look at them very carefully or for a long time

fix on

if you fix your eyes or your attention on someone or something, you look straight at them and at nothing else

gape

verb

to look at something or someone with your mouth open because you are very surprised

gawk

to gawp

gawp

verb

Britishinformal to look at someone or something for a long time, often in a rude or stupid way, and usually with your mouth open in surprise

gaze

verb

to look at someone or something for a long time, for example because they are attractive or interesting, or because you are thinking of something else

get an eyeful (of something)

to look at something surprising or shocking

glare

verb

to look at someone or something in a very angry way

goggle

verb

informal to look at someone or something in a way that shows you are very surprised or impressed by them

have/keep your eye on something

to keep looking at something, especially to avoid making a mistake

have one eye on

to keep looking at or paying attention to someone or something while you are doing something else

have/take a butcher’s

to have a look at something

inspect

verb

to look at something carefully

look/glance sideways

to look towards one side by moving your eyes only, without moving your head much

lower

verb

to look downwards

peer

verb

to look very carefully, especially because something is difficult to see

preview

verb

to look at something, or to try it before deciding to use it, in order to check that it is suitable

re-examine

verb

to look at or think about something carefully again

refer to

formal to look at a book, map etc for information

regard

verb

mainly literary to look at someone or something in a particular way

rove

verb

mainly literary if your eyes rove around a place, you look all around it

rubberneck

verb

informal to look at something, especially a car accident, as you are passing it

scan

verb

to look at something very carefully, because you hope or expect to see a particular person or thing

see over

to walk around a place or building and look at what is there

settle

verb

mainly literary if your eyes settle on someone or something, you begin to look at them

settle on

if your eyes settle on someone or something, you begin to look at them

shift

verb

to move your eyes in order to look at something else

squint

verb

to close your eyes slightly and try to see something, either because of a bright light or because your eyes do not work very well

strain your eyes/ears

to try very hard to see or hear something

survey

verb

to look at something, or to examine something

sweep

verb

to look over every part of someone or something in one continuous movement of your eyes

take aim

to look at something and decide how to throw or kick in order to hit it

take in

to spend time looking at something

take your eyes off

to stop looking at someone or something

travel

verb

if your eyes travel from one place to another, you look at one thing and then another

view

verb

formal to look at something carefully or in detail

wander

verb

if your eyes or your gaze wanders, you stop looking at one thing and start looking at another

BuzzWord

gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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