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English noun: look

1. look (attribute) the feelings expressed on a person's face

SamplesA sad expression.
A look of triumph.
An angry face.

Synonymsaspect, expression, face, facial expression

Broader (hypernym)countenance, visage

Narrower (hyponym)leer, light, spark, sparkle, twinkle

2. look (act) the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

SamplesHe went out to have a look.
His look was fixed on her eyes.
He gave it a good looking at.
His camera does his looking for him.

Synonymslooking, looking at

Broader (hypernym)perception, sensing

Narrower (hyponym)coup d'oeil, dekko, evil eye, glance, glimpse, lookout, observance, observation, outlook, peek, peep, rubber-necking, scrutiny, sight, sightseeing, squint, stare, survey, view, watching

3. look (attribute) physical appearance

SamplesI don't like the looks of this place.

Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

4. look (state) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

SamplesThe feel of the city excited him.
A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting.
It had the smell of treason.

Synonymsfeel, feeling, flavor, flavour, smell, spirit, tone

Broader (hypernym)ambiance, ambience, atmosphere

Narrower (hyponym)Hollywood, Zeitgeist

English verb: look

1. look (perception) perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards

SamplesShe looked over the expanse of land.
Look at your child!.
Look--a deer in the backyard!.

ExamplesThey look up the hill

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)admire, consider, eye, eyeball, gape, gawk, gawp, gaze, get a load, give the eye, give the glad eye, give the once over, glance, glint, gloat, goggle, have a look, leer, look around, look away, look back, look backward, ogle, peek, peep, peer, regard, squint, stare, stare, take a look


2. look (perception) give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

SamplesShe seems to be sleeping.
This appears to be a very difficult problem.
This project looks fishy.
They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time.

ExamplesJohn will look angry

Synonymsappear, seem

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)beam, come across, cut, feel, feel, gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, glow, jump, jump out, leap out, lift, loom, make, pass off, radiate, rear, rise, shine, shine, sound, stand out, stick out

3. look (body) have a certain outward or facial expression

SamplesHow does she look?.
The child looks unhappy.
She looked pale after the surgery.

ExamplesThe food does look good

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)squint

4. look (perception) search or seek

SamplesWe looked all day and finally found the child in the forest.
Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)examine, see

Narrower (hyponym)cruise, horn in, hunt, intrude, nose, poke, prospect, pry

5. look (stative) be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to

SamplesThe house looks north.
My backyard look onto the pond.
The building faces the park.

Synonymsface, front

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lie

Narrower (hyponym)confront

Verb groupface


6. look (social) take charge of or deal with

SamplesCould you see about lunch?.
I must attend to this matter.
She took care of this business.

Synonymsattend, see, take care

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)care, give care

Narrower (hyponym)minister, tend

7. look (communication) convey by one's expression

SamplesShe looked her devotion to me.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)convey

8. look (cognition) look forward to the probable occurrence of

SamplesWe were expecting a visit from our relatives.
She is looking to a promotion.
He is waiting to be drafted.

Synonymsawait, expect, wait

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Narrower (hyponym)anticipate, expect, hang on, hold on, hold the line, look for, look forward, look to, look to

Verb groupanticipate, expect

9. look (stative) accord in appearance with

SamplesYou don't look your age!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

10. look (cognition) have faith or confidence in

SamplesYou can count on me to help you any time.
Look to your friends for support.
You can bet on that!.
Depend on your family in times of crisis.

Synonymsbet, calculate, count, depend, reckon

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bank, rely, swear, trust

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