Definition of glance verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    glance

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. 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 ‘to slip’, from glace ‘ice’, based on Latin glacies.Extra examples At that moment she happened to glance up. He glanced covertly at his watch. He glanced curiously around him. He glanced towards the kitchen. He turned to glance in our direction. Norton glanced sharply at him. She barely glanced at him. She glanced across to where the others were standing chatting. She glanced around the room. She glanced briefly at his lapel badge. She glanced nervously over her shoulder. glancing curiously about him I barely had time to glance at the newspapers. She glanced through the report on the way to the meeting. Phrasal Verbsglance off somethingglance off (something)
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