American English

Definition of look noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    using eyes
  1. 1[countable, usually singular] look (at somebody/something) an act of looking at someone or something Take a look at these figures! Make sure you get a good look at their faces. One look at his face and Jenny stopped laughing. A look passed between them (= they looked at each other). It's an interesting place. Do you want to take a look around? We'll be taking a close look at these proposals (= examining them carefully).
  2. search
  3. 2[countable, usually singular] look (for something/somebody) an act of trying to find something or someone We'll begin our look for a new apartment next week.
  4. expression
  5. 3[countable] an expression in your eyes or on your face a look of surprise He didn't like the look in her eyes. She had a worried look on her face. A doubtful look crossed his face. We got a number of curious looks from passers-by.
  6. appearance
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] the way someone or something looks; the appearance of someone or something It's going to rain today by the look of it (= judging by appearances). Looks can be deceptive. Idon't like the look of that guy (= I don't trust him, judging by his appearance).
  8. 5looks [plural] a person's appearance, especially when the person is attractive She has her father's good looks. He lost his looks (= became less attractive) in later life. see also good-looking
  9. fashion
  10. 6[singular] a fashion; a style The punk look is back in fashion. They've given the place a completely new look.
  11. Idioms
    give somebody a dirty look
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    to look at someone in a way that shows you are annoyed with them
    if looks could kill…
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    used to describe the very angry or unpleasant way someone is/was looking at you If looks could kill, she thought, seeing the expression that came over his face when he saw her, she'd be dead on the pavement. I don't know what I've done to upset him, but if looks could kill…
    take a long (cool/hard) look at something
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    to consider a problem or possibility very carefully and without hurrying We need to take a long hard look at all the options.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: look