Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
lōcian; akin to G.
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.
To direct the attention (to something); to consider; to examine;
lookat an action
To seem; to appear; to have a particular appearance;
as, the patient
looksbetter; the clouds
lookmore like vanity than gratitude.
Observe how such a practice
looksin another person.
To have a particular direction or situation; to face; to front.
The inner gate that
Ezek. viii. 3.
The east gate . . . which
Ezek. xi. 1.
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.
☞ Look, in the imperative, may be followed by a dependent sentence, but see is oftener so used.
Lookthat ye bind them fast.
Lookif it be my daughter.
To show one’s self in looking, as by leaning out of a window;
as,. Sometimes used figuratively.
lookout of the window while I speak to you
lookthrough the overleather.
To await the appearance of anything; to expect; to anticipate.
Lookingeach hour into death's mouth to fall.
To look about,
to look on all sides, or in different directions.–
To look about one,
to be on the watch; to be vigilant; to be circumspect or guarded.–
To look after.
To attend to; to take care of;
to look afterchildren
To expect; to be in a state of expectation.
To seek; to search.–
To look at,
to direct the eyes toward so that one sees, or as if to see;–
as,; hence, to observe, examine, consider;
to look ata star
to look ata matter without prejudice
To look black,
to frown; to scowl; to have a threatening appearance.–
To look down onor
To look down upon
to treat with indifference or contempt; to regard as an inferior; to despise.–
To look for.
To expect;“Look now for no enchanting voice.”
to look fornews by the arrival of a ship
To seek for; to search for;–
to look forlost money, or lost cattle
To look forth.
To look out of something, as from a window.
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 toyour visit
To look into,
to inspect closely; to observe narrowly; to examine;–
to look intothe works of nature;
to look intoone's conduct or affairs
To look on.
To regard; to esteem.
To consider; to view; to conceive of; to think of.
To be a mere spectator.–
To look out,
to be on the watch; to be careful; as, the seaman looks out for breakers.–
To look through.
To see through.
To search; to examine with the eyes.–
To look toor
To look unto
To watch; to take care of.“Look well to thy herds.”
Prov. xxvii. 23.
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.
To look at; to turn the eyes toward.
To seek; to search for.
Lookingmy love, I go from place to place.
To influence, overawe, or subdue by looks or presence as, to look down opposition.
A spirit fit to start into an empire,
lookthe world to law.
To express or manifest by a look.
lookedlove to eyes which spake again.
To look daggers.
To look in the face,
to face or meet with boldness or confidence; hence, sometimes, to meet for combat.–
To look out,
to seek for; to search out;
as, prudent persons.
look outassociates of good reputation
The act of looking; a glance; a sight; a view; – often in certain phrases;
as, to have, get, take, throw, or cast, a.
Threw many a northward
Bring up his powers; but he did long in vain.
lookto see his father
Bring up his powers; but he did long in vain.
Expression of the eyes and face; manner;“Gentle looks.”
as, a proud or defiant.
Up ! up! my friends, and clear your
as, the house has a gloomy
look; the affair has a bad
Pain, disgrace, and poverty have frighted
There was something that reminded me of Dante's Hell in the
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To direct the eye towards an object, with the intention of seeing it.
When the object is within sight, look is usually followed by on or at. We look on or at a picture; we look on or at the moon; we cannot look on or at the unclouded sun, without pain.
At, after look, is not used in our version of the Scriptures. In common usage, at or on is now used indifferently in many cases, and yet in other cases, usage has established a preference. In general, on is used in the more solemn forms of expression. Moses was afraid to look on God. The Lord look on you and judge. In these and similar phrases, the use of at would be condemned, as expressing too little solemnity.
In some cases, at seems to be more properly used before very distant objects; but the cases can hardly be defined.
The particular direction of the eye is expressed by various modifying words; as, to look down, to look up, to look back to look forward, to look from, to look round, to look out, to look under. When the object is not in sight, look is followed by after, or for. Hence, to look after, or look for, is equivalent to seek or search, or to expect.
2.To see; to have the sight or view of.
Fate sees thy life lodged in a brittle glass, and looks it through, but to it cannot pass.
3.To direct the intellectual eye; to apply the mind or understanding; to consider; to examine. Look at the conduct of this man; view it in all its aspects. Let every man look into the state of his own heart. Let us look beyond the received notions of men on this subject.
He must look to fight another battle, before he could reach Oxford. [Little used.
5.To take care; to watch.
Look that ye bind them fast.
6.To be directed.
Let thine eyes look right on. Prov. 4.
7.To seem; to appear; to have a particular appearance. The patient looks better than he did. The clouds look rainy.
I am afraid it would look more like vanity than gratitude.
Observe how such a practice looks in another person.
So we say, to look stout or big; to look peevish; to look pleasant or graceful.
8.To have a particular direction or situation; to face; to front.
The gate that looketh toward the north. Ezek. 8.
The east gate of the Lord's house, that looketh eastward. Ezek. 11.
To look about, to look on all sides, or in different directions.
To look about one, to be on the watch; to be vigilant; to be circumspect or guarded.
1.To look after, to attend; to take care of; as, to look after children.
2.To expect; to be in a state of expectation.
Men's hearts falling them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth. Luke 21.
3.To seek; to search.
My subject does not oblige me to look after the water, or point forth the place whereunto it has now retreated.
1.To look for, to expect; as, to look for news by the arrival of a ship.
Look now for no enchanting voice.
2.To seek; to search; as, to look for lost money, or lost cattle.
To look into, to inspect closely; to observe narrowly; to examine; as, to look into the works of nature; to look into the conduct of another; to look into one's affairs.
Which things the angels desire to look into. 1Peter 1.
1.To look on, to regard; to esteem.
Her friends would look on her the worse.
2.To consider; to view; to conceive of; to think.
I looked on Virgil as a succinct, majestic writer.
3.To be a mere spectator.
I'll be a candle-holder and look on.
To look over, to examine one by one; as, to look over a catalogue of books; to look over accounts.
To overlook, has a different sense, to pass over without seeing.
To look out, to be on the watch. The seaman looks out for breakers.
1.To look to, or unto, to watch; to take care of.
Look well to thy herds. Prov. 27.
2.To resort to with confidence or expectation of receiving something; to expect to receive from. The creditor may look to the surety for payment.
Look to me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth. Is. 45.
To look through, to penetrate with the eye, or with the understanding; to see or understand perfectly.
1.To seek; to search for.
Looking my love, I go from place to place. Obs.
2.To influence by looks or presence; as, to look down opposition.
A spirit fit to start into an empire, and look the world to law.
To look out, to search for and discover. Look out associates of good reputation.
To look one another in the face, to meet for combat.
LOOK, in the imperative, is used to excite attention or notice. Look ye, look you; that is see, behold, observe, take notice.
1.Cast of countenance; air of the face; aspect; as, a high look is an index of pride; a downcast look is an index of pride; a downcast look indicates modesty, bashfulness, or depression of mind.
Pain, disgrace and poverty have frightful looks.
2.The act of looking or seeing. Every look filled him with anguish.