Definition of eye noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    eye

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    part of body
  1. 1[countable] either of the two organs on the face that you see with The suspect has dark hair and green eyes. to close/open your eyes to drop/lower your eyes (= to look down) There were tears in his eyes. I have something in my eye. His eyes narrowed suspiciously. Her eyes widened in horror. to make/avoid eye contact with someone (= to look/avoid looking at them at the same time as they look at you) All eyes were on him (= everyone was looking at him) as he walked onto the stage. Topic CollocationsPhysical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesface a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy beard a full/thin goatee a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/small/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/center partbody a long/short/thick/slender/ (disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/round/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/ (informal) (often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/ (informal) (disapproving) flabby thighs/calves big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/slim/slender/hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build see also black eye, compound eye, lazy eye, shut-eye
  2. 2-eyed (in adjectives) having the type or number of eyes mentioned a blue-eyed blonde a one-eyed monster
  3. ability to see
  4. 3[singular] the ability to see A surgeon needs a good eye and a steady hand. see also eagle eye
  5. way of seeing
  6. 4[countable, usually singular] a particular way of seeing something He looked at the design with the eye of an engineer. She viewed the findings with a critical eye. To my eye, the windows seem out of proportion. She has a good eye for color.
  7. of needle
  8. 5 [countable] the hole in the end of a needle that you put the thread through
  9. on clothes
  10. 6 [countable] a small metal ring that a small hook fits into, used for fastening clothes It fastens with a hook and eye.
  11. of storm
  12. 7 [singular] an/the eye of a/the storm, tornado, hurricane, etc. a calm area at the center of a storm, etc.
  13. on potato
  14. 8[countable] a dark mark on a potato from which another plant will grow see also bull's-eye, the evil eye, fisheye lens, googly eyes, red-eye
  15. Idioms
    the apple of somebody's eye
     
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    a person or thing that is loved more than any other She is the apple of her father's eye.
    as far as the eye can/could see
     
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    to the horizon (= where the sky meets the land or ocean) The cornfields stretched on all sides as far as the eye could see.
    be all eyes
     
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    to be watching someone or something carefully and with a lot of interest The kids were all eyes as he slowly unwrapped the package.
    beauty is in the eye of the beholder(saying)
     
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    people all have different ideas about what is beautiful
    before/in front of somebody's (very) eyes
     
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     in someone's presence; in front of someone He had seen his life's work destroyed before his very eyes.
    be up to your eyes in something
     
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    to have a lot of something to deal with We're up to our eyes in work.
    a bird's-eye view (of something)
     
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    a view of something from a high position looking down From the plane we had a bird's eye view of Manhattan.
    catch somebody's eye
     
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    to attract someone's attention Can you catch the waiter's eye?
    cock an ear/eye at something/somebody
     
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    to look at or listen to someone or something carefully and with a lot of attention
    easy on the ear/eye(informal)
     
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    pleasant to listen to or look at The room was painted in soft pastels that were easy on the eye.
    my eye!(old-fashioned)(informal)
     
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    used to show that you do not believe someone or something “It's an antique.” “An antique, my eye!”
    an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)(saying)
     
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    used to say that you should punish someone by doing to them what they have done to you or to someone else They advocate a justice system that works on the principle of an eye for an eye.
    somebody's eyes are bigger than their stomach
     
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    used to say that someone has been greedy by taking more food than they can eat
    feast your eyes (on somebody/something)
     
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    to look at someone or something and get great pleasure
    for somebody's eyes only
     
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    to be seen only by a particular person I'll lend you the letters but they're for your eyes only.
    have an eye for something
     
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    to be able to judge if things look attractive, valuable, etc. I've never had much of an eye for fashion. She has an eye for a bargain.
      have your eye on somebody
       
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    1. 1to be watching someone carefully, especially to check that they do not do anything wrong And remember, I'll have my eye on you so you'd better behave.
    2. 2 to be thinking about asking someone out, offering someone a job, etc. because you think they are attractive, good at their job, etc. He has his eye on the new girl in your class.
    have your eye on something
     
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    to be thinking about buying something
    have eyes in the back of your head
     
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    to be aware of everything that is happening around you, even things that seem difficult or impossible to see You can't get away with anything in her class. She has eyes in the back of her head.
    have eyes like a hawk
     
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    to be able to notice or see everything She's bound to notice that chipped glass. The woman has eyes like a hawk!
    have one eye/half an eye on something
     
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    to look at or watch something while doing something else, especially in a secret way so that other people do not notice During his talk, most of the delegates had one eye on the clock.
    have a roving eye(old-fashioned)
     
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    to always be looking for the chance to have a new sexual relationship
    in the blink of an eye
     
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    very quickly; in a short time
    in somebody's eyes
     
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    in someone's opinion or according to the way that they see the situation She can do no wrong in her father's eyes. To Western eyes, it may seem that the city is overcrowded.
    in the eyes of the law, world, etc.
     
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    according to the law, most people in the world, etc. In the eyes of the law she is guilty though few ordinary people would think so.
    in the public eye
     
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    well known to many people through newspapers and television She doesn't want her children growing up in the public eye.
    in the twinkling of an eye
     
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    very quickly synonym in an instant Suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, her whole life had been turned upside down.
    keep a close eye/watch on somebody/something
     
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    to watch someone or something carefully Over the next few months we will keep a close eye on sales.
    keep your ears/eyes open (for something)
     
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    to be quick to notice or hear things
    keep an eye on somebody/something
     
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    to take care of someone or something and make sure that they are not harmed, damaged, etc. We've asked the neighbors to keep an eye on the house for us while we're away.
    keep your eye on the ball
     
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    to continue to give your attention to what is most important
    keep an/your eye open/out (for somebody/something)
     
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    to look for someone or something while you are doing other things Police have asked residents to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
    keep your eyes peeled (for somebody/something)
     
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    to look carefully for someone or something We kept our eyes peeled for any signs of life.
    keep a weather eye on somebody/something
     
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    to watch someone or something carefully in case you need to take action Keep a weather eye on your competitors.
    lay/set eyes on somebody/something(informal)
     
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    (usually used in negative sentences) to see someone or something I hope I never set eyes on this place again!
    look somebody in the eye(s)/face
     
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    (usually used in negative sentences and questions) to look straight at someone without feeling embarrassed or ashamed Can you look me in the eye and tell me you're not lying? I'll never be able to look her in the face again!
    make eyes at somebody,give somebody the eye
     
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    to look at someone in a way that shows that you find them sexually attractive He's definitely giving you the eye!
      meet somebody's eye(s)
       
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    1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (also meet somebody's gaze, look, etc., people's eyes meet) if you meet someone's eye(s), you look directly at them as they look at you; if two people's eyes meet, they look directly at each other She was afraid to meet my eye. Their eyes met across the crowded room. She met his gaze without flinching.
    2. 2[transitive] meet somebody's eye(s) your eyes if a sight meets your eyes, you see it A terrible sight met their eyes.
    your mind's eye
     
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    your imagination He pictured the scene in his mind's eye.
    the naked eye
     
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    the normal power of your eyes without the help of an instrument The planet should be visible with/to the naked eye.
    not bat an eye(informal)
     
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    to show no surprise or embarrassment when something unusual happens She didn't bat an eye when I told her my news.
    not believe your ears/eyes(informal)
     
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    to be very surprised at something you hear/see I couldn't believe my eyes when she walked in.
    not a dry eye in the house(humorous)
     
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    used to say that everyone was very emotional about something There wasn't a dry eye in the house when they announced their engagement.
    not see eye to eye with somebody (on something)
     
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    to not share the same views as someone about something The two of them have never seen eye to eye on politics.
    not (be able to) take your eyes off somebody/something
     
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    to find someone or something so interesting, attractive, etc. that you watch them all the time
    only have eyes for/have eyes only for somebody
     
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    to be in love with only one particular person He's only ever had eyes for his wife.
    open your/somebody's eyes (to something)
     
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    to realize or make someone realize the truth about something Traveling really opens your eyes to other cultures.
    please the eye
     
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    to be very attractive to look at
    pull the wool over somebody's eyes(informal)
     
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    to try to trick someone; to hide your real actions or intentions from someone
    run/cast an eye/your eyes over something
     
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    to look at or examine something quickly Could you just run your eyes over this report?
    see, look at, etc. something through somebody's eyes
     
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    to think about or see something the way that another person sees it Try looking at it through her eyes for a change. Events are seen through the eyes of a Polish refugee.
    see something out of the corner of your eye
     
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    to see something by accident or not very clearly because you see it from the side of your eye and are not looking straight at it Out of the corner of her eye, she saw him coming closer.
    shut/close your eyes to something
     
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    to pretend that you have not noticed something so that you do not have to deal with it You can't just close your eyes to his violence. They seem intent on shutting their eyes to the problems of pollution.
    a sight for sore eyes(informal)
     
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    a person or thing that you are pleased to see
    take your eye off the ball
     
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    to stop giving your attention to what is most important
    turn a blind eye (to something)
     
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    to pretend not to notice something bad that is happening, so you do not have to do anything about it The authorities were either unaware of the problem or turned a blind eye to it.
    under the (watchful) eye of somebody
     
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    being watched carefully by someone The children played under the watchful eye of their father.
    with your eyes open
     
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    fully aware of the possible problems or results of a particular course of action I went into this with my eyes open so I guess I only have myself to blame.
    with your eyes shut/closed
     
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    having enough experience to be able to do something easily I've made this trip so often, I could do it with my eyes shut.
    with an eye to something/to doing something
     
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    with the intention of doing something He bought the warehouse with an eye to converting it into a hotel.
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