look at



look at (third-person singular simple present looks at, present participle looking at, simple past and past participle looked at)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see look,‎ at.
  2. (transitive) To observe or watch (something).
    • 1944, Miles Burton, chapter 5, in The Three Corpse Trick:
      The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.
  3. (transitive) To study (something) visually.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 10, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      The Jones man was looking at her hard. Now he reached into the hatch of his vest and fetched out a couple of cigars, everlasting big ones, with gilt bands on them.
  4. (transitive) To consider.
    I looked at the possibility of buying a new car, but my current one still runs great and it's paid off.


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