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looking Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
    looking at; look.
    • 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
  2. noun the act of searching visually
    looking for.
  3. 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!
  4. verb give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
    seem; look; appear.
    • 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
  5. verb have a certain outward or facial expression
    • How does she look?
    • The child looks unhappy
    • She looked pale after the surgery
  6. verb search or seek
    search; look.
    • We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest
    • Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!
  7. verb be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
    front; look; face.
    • The house looks north
    • My backyard look onto the pond
    • The building faces the park
  8. verb take charge of or deal with
    see; take care; attend; look.
    • Could you see about lunch?
    • I must attend to this matter
    • She took care of this business
  9. verb convey by one's expression
    • She looked her devotion to me
  10. verb look forward to the probable occurrence of
    await; expect; wait; look.
    • We were expecting a visit from our relatives
    • She is looking to a promotion
    • he is waiting to be drafted
  11. verb accord in appearance with
    • You don't look your age!
  12. verb have faith or confidence in
    count; depend; look; reckon; bet; calculate.
    • 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
  13. adjective satellite appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms
    • left their clothes dirty looking
    • a most disagreeable looking character
    • angry-looking
    • liquid-looking
    • severe-looking policemen on noble horses
    • fine-sounding phrases
    • taken in by high-sounding talk

Look"ing adjective
  1. Having a certain look or appearance; -- often compounded with adjectives; as, good-looking, grand-looking, etc.
Look"ing noun
  1. The act of one who looks; a glance.
  2. The manner in which one looks; appearance; countenance; face. Obs.
    All dreary was his cheer and his looking. Chaucer.
    Heb. x. 27.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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