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

     

    loom

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//luːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//luːm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they loom
    BrE BrE//luːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//luːm//
     
    he / she / it looms
    BrE BrE//luːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//luːmz//
     
    past simple loomed
    BrE BrE//luːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//luːmd//
     
    past participle loomed
    BrE BrE//luːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//luːmd//
     
    -ing form looming
    BrE BrE//ˈluːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to appear as a large shape that is not clear, especially in a frightening or threatening way A dark shape loomed up ahead of us.
  2. 2[intransitive] to appear important or threatening and likely to happen soon There was a crisis looming.
  3. Word Originverb mid 16th cent.: probably from Low German or Dutch; compare with East Frisian lōmen ‘move slowly’, Middle High German lüemen ‘be weary’.Extra examples A large door loomed before us. A new threat is now looming on the horizon. Further problems loomed ahead of us. Ghostly shapes loomed out of the fog in front of him. He loomed above her. The day of the election loomed ever closer. The tower loomed over the city. A boat loomed into view out of the misty night. A dark shape loomed in the distance. A figure loomed in the doorway. Dizzying walls of rock loomed on either side of them. Something huge and black loomed out of the mist. The city walls loomed up ahead of them.Idioms to be worrying or frightening and seem hard to avoid The prospect of war loomed large.
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