look

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noun
1 act of looking at/considering sth
ADJECTIVE
little
brief, cursory, quick
careful, close, close-up (esp. AmE), detailed, in-depth

Take a closer look at it.

The authors take an in-depth look at at topical money issues.

first-hand (esp. AmE)

The jury is expected to get a first-hand look at the murder scene today.

nostalgic

The book takes a nostalgic look at the golden age of steam trains.

critical, hard, honest, realistic, serious, uncompromising

You should take a long, hard look at your reasons for wanting to join the army.

humorous, light-hearted

The book takes a humorous look at parenthood.

interesting

This is an interesting look at Soviet foreign policy.

revealing

Tonight, a revealing look at the King of Pop's thrilling rise to stardom.

behind-the-scenes, inside

The documentary provides an inside look at life in the army.

a behind-the-scenes look at the movie

fresh

I think it's time to take a fresh look at our sales techniques.

VERB + LOOK
have, take
get

Did you get a look at his new car?

sneak, steal
offer, provide

These tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the TV show.

warrant

She decided the property warranted a second look.

PREPOSITION
look at

I managed to steal a look at the exam paper.

look in, look into

She couldn't resist a quick look in the mirror.

look out of

Have a look out of the window and see who's at the door.

look over

If you take a look over the past few years, it's not unusual.

look through

I had a brief look through the report before the meeting.

look towards/toward

The book concludes with a look towards/toward the future.

2 exploring/looking for sth
ADJECTIVE
good
little, quick
furtive

I had a furtive look in her bag when her back was turned.

VERB + LOOK
have
chance

She chanced a look behind her.

PREPOSITION
look around, look round (esp. BrE)

We had a good look around the old town.

look for

I had a look for websites on Egyptian music, but didn't find anything.

3 expression on sb's face
ADJECTIVE
angry, black, dark, dirty, nasty, severe, sharp, stern

She threw him a dirty look.

I was given a stern look by a plainclothes policeman.

scathing, scornful, withering
fierce, furious, murderous
annoyed, disapproving, exasperated
cold, cool, steely
disappointed, hurt, pained, reproachful
disgusted, horrified, shocked
incredulous, startled, stunned, surprised
desperate, frantic, panicked, scared, terrified

A panicked look crossed his face.

anxious, apprehensive, concerned, doubtful, worried

They had worried looks on their faces.

glum, sad
grim, haunted
sideways, suspicious, wary
cautious
blank, dazed, distant, dreamy, faraway, glazed, vacant
wild

The man had a wild look in his eyes.

funny, odd, strange, weird

He gave me a funny look.

baffled, bemused, bewildered, confused, puzzled

His comment was greeted by a puzzled look.

curious, inquiring, meaningful, questioning, quizzical, sceptical/skeptical, searching

My relatives gave me quizzical looks when I told them the news.

thoughtful
knowing, shrewd

The two girls exchanged knowing looks.

penetrating, piercing
earnest, intense, intent, steady
hungry
bold, challenging, determined
smug, triumphant
mischievous, sly, wicked
amused, wry
innocent, wide-eyed
coy, shy
loving, sympathetic
grateful
pleading
apologetic, guilty, hangdog, sheepish

The guilty look on his face told us all we needed to know.

VERB + LOOK
have
cast (sb), dart (sb), flash (sb), give (sb), shoot (sb), throw (sb)
get

I got a black look from Amy.

catch

He caught her look, and shrugged.

exchange

They exchanged meaningful looks.

return

Sara returned his look with one of her own.

fake, feign

Jessica feigned a stern look.

PREPOSITION
look from

A withering look from his wife silenced him.

look of

He darted her a look of contempt.

PHRASES
a … look in sb's eyes, a … look on sb's face

She had a puzzled look in her eyes.

He opened the door with a scornful look on his face.

take that look off your face (esp. BrE), wipe that look off your face (esp. AmE)

Wipe that smug look off your face before I slap you!

4 sb/sth's appearance
ADJECTIVE
overall

the overall look of the house

The overall look of the movie is reminiscent of the classic horror movies of the 1930s.

finished

The finished look is perfect for any special party.

professional

Use high-quality paper to give your job application a more professional look.

classic, modern

a classic look that is easy to update

clean, minimalist

She wanted a modern clean look for the apartment.

distinctive

The products have a distinctive look.

youthful
VERB + LOOK
have
like

I didn't like the look of the salad so I didn't touch it.

achieve

We used a computer to help us achieve this three-dimensional look.

PREPOSITION
by the look of sb/sth, from the look of sb/sth

Joe isn't getting much sleep from the look of him.

By the looks of it, someone's already staying in this room.

look about

He still had a youthful look about him.

look of

a fabric with the look of silk

5 looks sb's attractiveness
ADJECTIVE
good
striking
classic

He had classic good looks.

boyish, clean-cut, youthful

his clean-cut, boyish good looks

VERB + LOOKS
have
lose

She's lost her looks.

6 fashion/style
ADJECTIVE
latest, new
casual, dressy
classic
sophisticated
individual, signature

In this issue we show you how to create a signature look for yourself.

VERB + LOOK
have
sport, wear

All the men sport rock star looks.

give sb/sth

They've given the place a completely new look this year.

create, recreate
complete

You can complete that sophisticated look with make-up and accessories.

LOOK + VERB
be back in, be back in fashion

Big hair is back in fashion.

come back in, come back in fashion
go out, go out of fashion

The classic look never goes out of fashion.

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verb
1 turn your eyes in a particular direction
ADVERB
carefully, closely

Look at the machine very carefully before you buy it.

briefly, quickly
impatiently
angrily, sharply

I looked up angrily at my brother.

She looked up at me sharply when I said that.

intently, searchingly
expectantly
curiously, enquiringly, questioningly, quizzically, speculatively
doubtfully, dubiously, sceptically/skeptically, suspiciously
anxiously, apprehensively, nervously
enviously, longingly

He looked longingly at the food on the table.

beseechingly, imploringly, pleadingly
disapprovingly, reproachfully
pityingly
sadly
calmly, impassively
blankly
helplessly

She looked around helplessly.

again

Now is the time to look again at these arguments.

across, around, away, back, down, out, over, round (esp. BrE), up

She looked over to where the others were chatting.

VERB + LOOK
turn to

He turned to look as she came down the stairs.

let sb

‘It's beautiful!’ ‘Oh! Let me look!’

PREPOSITION
at

What are you looking at?

towards/toward

She looked towards/toward the door.

PHRASES
look and see

I'll look and see if I've got any sugar in the cupboard.

2 seem/appear
VERB + LOOK
make sb/sth

You made me look like a complete fool!

You made me look a complete fool! (BrE)

PREPOSITION
like

an animal that looked like a large hedgehog

to

It looks to me as if the company is in real trouble.

PHRASES
look as if, look as though
Look is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bride, ↑face, ↑reflection, ↑weather
Look is used with these nouns as the object: ↑age, ↑cool, ↑fun, ↑mess, ↑sight, ↑way, ↑winner, ↑wreck

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • look — look …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • look — /look/, v.i. 1. to turn one s eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see: He looked toward the western horizon and saw the returning planes. 2. to glance or gaze in a manner specified: to look questioningly at a person. 3. to use… …   Universalium

  • look — ► VERB 1) direct one s gaze in a specified direction. 2) have an outlook in a specified direction. 3) have the appearance or give the impression of being. ► NOUN 1) an act of looking. 2) an expression of a feeling or thought by looking at someone …   English terms dictionary

  • look — [look] vi. [ME loken < OE locian, akin to OS lōkōn, OHG luogēn (Ger dial. lugen), to spy after, look for] 1. to make use of the sense of sight; see 2. a) to direct one s eyes in order to see b) to direct one s attention mentally upon something …   English World dictionary

  • Look — ist ein Begriff/Wort aus der englischen Sprache, das sowohl als Verb als auch Hauptwort vielfältige Bedeutung haben kann: als Anglizismus, wird Look vor allem als Synonym im Sinne von Aussehen bzw. Stil verwendet, z. B.: Afro Look, wilde… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • look — [ luk ] n. m. • 1977; mot angl. « aspect, allure » ♦ Anglic. Aspect physique (style vestimentaire, coiffure...) volontairement étudié, caractéristique d une mode. Il a un drôle de look. ⇒ allure, genre. Un look d enfer. Changer de look. ♢ Image… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Look-in — was a long running children s magazine centered around ITV s television programmes in the UK, and subtitled The Junior TV Times . It ran from January 9, 1971 to 12 March 1994 [ [http://www.geocities.com/juniortvtimes2006/94No10/1994 no10 pg01… …   Wikipedia

  • look — 1. non standard uses. There are various idiomatic uses of look that are confined to particular parts of the English speaking world and are not part of standard English: for example look you as a way of attracting attention, found in Shakespeare • …   Modern English usage

  • LOOK — LOOK, established in Nevers, France in 1951, was originally a ski equipment manufacturer. The company produced bindings both under its own name and under other brands such as Rossignol and Dynastar. The partnership with Rossignol (which later… …   Wikipedia

  • Look — [lʊk], der; s, s: (besonders in Bezug auf Mode) bestimmter Stil: einen sportlichen Look bevorzugen; einen neuen Look kreieren. Syn.: ↑ Aussehen, ↑ Note, ↑ Optik. Zus.: Astronautenlook, Gammellook, Safarilook, Schlabberlook, Trachtenlook. * * *… …   Universal-Lexikon

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