The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Look \Look\ (l[oo^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Looked; p. pr. &
vb. n. Looking.] [OE. loken, AS. l[=o]cian; akin to G.
lugen, OHG. luog[=e]n.]
1. To direct the eyes for the purpose of seeing something; to
direct the eyes toward an object; to observe with the eyes
while keeping them directed; -- with various prepositions,
often in a special or figurative sense. See Phrases below.
2. To direct the attention (to something); to consider; to
examine; as, to look at an action.
3. To seem; to appear; to have a particular appearance; as,
the patient looks better; the clouds look rainy.
It would look more like vanity than gratitude.
Observe how such a practice looks in another person.
4. To have a particular direction or situation; to face; to
The inner gate that looketh to north. --Ezek. viii.
The east gate . . . which looketh eastward. --Ezek.
5. In the imperative: see; behold; take notice; take care;
observe; -- used to call attention.
Look, how much we thus expel of sin, so much we
expel of virtue. --Milton.
Note: Look, in the imperative, may be followed by a dependent
sentence, but see is oftener so used.
Look that ye bind them fast. --Shak.
Look if it be my daughter. --Talfourd.
6. To show one's self in looking, as by leaning out of a
window; as, look out of the window while I speak to you.
Sometimes used figuratively.
My toes look through the overleather. --Shak.
7. To await the appearance of anything; to expect; to
Looking each hour into death's mouth to fall.
To look about, to look on all sides, or in different
To look about one, to be on the watch; to be vigilant; to
be circumspect or guarded.
To look after.
(a) To attend to; to take care of; as, to look after
(b) To expect; to be in a state of expectation.
Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for
looking after those things which are coming on
the earth. --Luke xxi.
(c) To seek; to search.
My subject does not oblige me to look after the
water, or point forth the place where to it is
now retreated. --Woodward.
To look at, to direct the eyes toward so that one sees, or
as if to see; as, to look at a star; hence, to observe,
examine, consider; as, to look at a matter without
To look black, to frown; to scowl; to have a threatening
The bishops thereat repined, and looked black.
To look down on or To look down upon, to treat with
indifference or contempt; to regard as an inferior; to
To look for.
(a) To expect; as, to look for news by the arrival of a
ship. "Look now for no enchanting voice." --Milton.
(b) To seek for; to search for; as, to look for lost
money, or lost cattle.
To look forth.
(a) To look out of something, as from a window.
(b) To threaten to come out. --Jer. vi. 1. (Rev. Ver.).
To look forward to. To anticipate with an expectation of
pleasure; to be eager for; as, I am looking forward to
To look into, to inspect closely; to observe narrowly; to
examine; as, to look into the works of nature; to look
into one's conduct or affairs.
To look on.
(a) To regard; to esteem.
Her friends would look on her the worse.
(b) To consider; to view; to conceive of; to think of.
I looked on Virgil as a succinct, majestic
(c) To be a mere spectator.
I'll be a candleholder, and look on. --Shak.
To look out, to be on the watch; to be careful; as, the
seaman looks out for breakers.
To look through.
(a) To see through.
(b) To search; to examine with the eyes.
To look to or To look unto.
(a) To watch; to take care of. "Look well to thy herds."
--Prov. xxvii. 23.
(b) To resort to with expectation of receiving something;
to expect to receive from; as, the creditor may look
to surety for payment. "Look unto me, and be ye
saved." --Is. xlv. 22.
To look up, to search for or find out by looking; as, to
look up the items of an account.
To look up to, to respect; to regard with deference.