- 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to look quickly at something/somebody She glanced at her watch. He glanced around the room. I glanced up quickly to see who had come in.
- 2[intransitive] glance at/down/over/through something to read something quickly and not thoroughly synonym scan I only had time to glance at the newspapers. He glanced briefly down the list of names. She glanced through the report. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘rebound obliquely’): probably a nasalized form of obsolete glace in the same sense, from Old French glacier
BrE BrE//ɡlɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlæns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they glance
BrE BrE//ɡlɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlæns//he / she / it glances
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɑːnsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlænsɪz//past simple glanced
BrE BrE//ɡlɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlænst//past participle glanced
BrE BrE//ɡlɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlænst//-ing form glancing
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɑːnsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlænsɪŋ//