- 1glimpse somebody/something to see somebody/something for a moment, but not very clearly synonym catch (13), spot He'd glimpsed her through the window as he passed. Anne is glimpsed briefly at the beginning of the film. He’d glimpsed her through the window as he passed.
- 2glimpse something to start to understand something Suddenly she glimpsed the truth about her sister. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘shine faintly’): probably of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German glimsen, also to glimmer.
BrE BrE//ɡlɪmps//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɪmps//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they glimpse
BrE BrE//ɡlɪmps//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɪmps//he / she / it glimpses
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪmpsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪmpsɪz//past simple glimpsed
BrE BrE//ɡlɪmpst//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɪmpst//past participle glimpsed
BrE BrE//ɡlɪmpst//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɪmpst//-ing form glimpsing
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪmpsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪmpsɪŋ//