Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

look - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb look pronunciation in American English /lʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelooking
past tenselooked
past participlelooked
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  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.
    Synonyms and related words
  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
    That new movie looks good.
    Things were beginning to look a bit gloomy.
    look a fool/idiot etc.: You’ve made me look such an idiot!
    Synonyms and related words
  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!
  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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog