Look Definition

Define what is Look?

1. expression, look, face, facial expression, aspect (noun)

the feelings expressed on a person's face.

  • a sad expression.
  • a look of triumph.
  • an angry face.

countenance, visage noun
the appearance conveyed by a person's face.


leer noun
a suggestive or sneering look or grin.

sparkle, Spark, twinkle, Light noun
merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance.

2. look (verb)

perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards.

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

stare verb
fixate one's eyes.

get a load, have a look, take a look verb
look at with attention.

look back, look backward verb
look towards one's back.

look away verb
avert one's gaze.

look around verb
look about oneself.

gaze, stare verb
look at with fixed eyes.

regard, consider verb
look at attentively.

ogle verb
look at with amorous intentions.

give the glad eye verb
look seductively at someone.

leer verb
look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression.

gape, gawk, gawp, goggle verb
look with amazement; look stupidly.

admire verb
look at with admiration.

peep verb
look furtively.

glance, peek, glint verb
throw a glance at; take a brief look at.

gloat verb
gaze at or think about something with great self-satisfaction, gratification, or joy.

eye, eyeball verb
look at.

give the eye, give the once over verb
look at with a critical eye.

squint verb
be cross-eyed; have a squint or strabismus.

peer verb
look searchingly.

3. looking, looking at, look (noun)

the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually.

  • he 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.
Synonyms: looking, looking at

sensing, perception noun
becoming aware of something via the senses.


coup d'oeil, glance, glimpse noun
a quick look.

scrutiny noun
a prolonged intense look.

peek, peep noun
a secret look.

squint noun
the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed.

stare noun
a fixed look with eyes open wide.

evil eye noun
a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harm.

rubber-necking, sightseeing noun
going about to look at places of interest.

observance, watching, observation noun
the act of observing; taking a patient look.

outlook, lookout noun
the act of looking out.

survey, view, sight noun
the act of looking or seeing or observing.

dekko noun
British slang for a look.

4. appear, seem, look (verb)

give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect.

  • She 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.
Synonyms: appear, seem

Be verb
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).


make verb
appear to begin an activity.

cut verb
give the appearance or impression of.

feel verb
produce a certain impression.

pass off verb
be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity.

sound verb
appear in a certain way.

come across verb
be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression.

glow, radiate, beam, shine verb
have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink.

gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, shine verb
be shiny, as if wet.

jump out, leap out, stand out, stick out, jump verb
be highly noticeable.

rear, rise, lift verb
rise up.

loom verb
come into view indistinctly, often threateningly.

feel verb
be felt or perceived in a certain way.

5. look (noun)

physical appearance.

  • I don't like the looks of this place.

appearance, visual aspect noun
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing.

6. look (verb)

have a certain outward or facial expression.

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

Be verb
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).


squint verb
partly close one's eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light.

7. search, look (verb)

search or seek.

  • We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest.
  • Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!.
Synonyms: search

examine, see verb
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect.


Hunt verb
search (an area) for prey.

cruise verb
look for a sexual partner in a public place.

prospect verb
search for something desirable.

horn in, nose, poke, intrude, pry verb
search or inquire in a meddlesome way.

8. flavor, flavour, feel, spirit, feeling, smell, look, tone (noun)

the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people.

  • the feel of the city excited him.
  • a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting.
  • it had the smell of treason.

ambiance, ambience, atmosphere noun
a particular environment or surrounding influence.


Hollywood noun
a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry.

Zeitgeist noun
the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation.

9. front, face, look (verb)

be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to.

  • The house looks north.
  • My backyard look onto the pond.
  • The building faces the park.
Synonyms: front, face
Antonyms: back (verb)

be in back of.


Lie verb
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position.


confront verb
be face to face with.

10. attend, take care, look, see (verb)

take charge of or deal with.

  • Could you see about lunch?.
  • I must attend to this matter.
  • She took care of this business.
Synonyms: attend, take care, see

give care, care verb
provide care for.


minister verb
attend to the wants and needs of others.

tend verb
have care of or look after.

11. look (verb)

convey by one's expression.

  • She looked her devotion to me.

convey verb
make known; pass on, of information.

12. await, expect, wait, look (verb)

look forward to the probable occurrence of.

  • We were expecting a visit from our relatives.
  • She is looking to a promotion.
  • he is waiting to be drafted.
Synonyms: await, expect, wait

expect verb
look forward to the birth of a child.

look forward verb
expect or hope for.

look to verb
turn one's interests or expectations towards.

hold the line, hang on, hold on verb
hold the phone line open.

look for, look to, anticipate verb
be excited or anxious about.

13. look (verb)

accord in appearance with.

  • You don't look your age!.

correspond, gibe, jibe, match, tally, agree, fit, check verb
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics.

14. depend, bet, reckon, calculate, count, look (verb)

have faith or confidence in.

  • you 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.

rely, trust, swear, bank verb
have confidence or faith in.

Nearby Terms

look across (verb)
be oriented in a certain direction

look after (verb)
keep under careful scrutiny

look around (verb)
look about oneself

look at (verb)
take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

look away (verb)
avert one's gaze

look back (verb)
look towards one's back

look backward (verb)
look towards one's back

look down on (verb)
regard with contempt

look for (verb)
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

look forward (verb)
expect or hope for

look into (verb)
investigate scientifically

look like (verb)
bear a physical resemblance to

look on (verb)
observe with attention

look out (verb)
be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful

look out on (verb)
be oriented in a certain direction