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Usage statistics for the noun look:

spoken English67.73%written English32.27% conversational speech63.82%task-oriented speech36.18% imaginative writing81.36%informational writing18.64%
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Look is sometimes a misspelling of like, looked, looking, looks, saw or took.

The word look is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun look

What does look mean as a name of something?

Look is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: looks

  1. the feelings expressed on a person's face
  2. the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
  3. physical appearance
    • example: I don't like the looks of this place
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic terms: appearance / visual aspect = outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
  4. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

Alternative definition of the noun look


  1. The action of looking, an attempt to see.
  2. [context: often plural] Physical appearance, visual impression.
  3. A facial expression.

Definition of the verb look

What does look mean as a doing word?

Look is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: looked | looking | looks

  1. perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
  2. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
    • examples: This project looks fishy | John will look angry
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Stimulus] [Verb] [Adjective]That pea soup tasted delicious
      [Stimulus] [Verb] [Adjective] to [Experiencer]That pea soup tasted delicious to me

      Verbs of Perception (with the same syntax): feel, smell, sound, taste.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of look: appear / seem
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms:
  3. have a certain outward or facial expression
    • examples: How does she look? | The child looks unhappy | She looked pale after the surgery | The food does look good
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific word: squint = partly close one's eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light
  4. search or seek
    • examples: We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest | Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Spatial Preposition] [Stimulus]We peered at the babyVerbs of Perception: attend, check, eavesdrop, gape, gawk, gaze, glance, glare, goggle, leer, listen, ogle, peek, peep, peer, sniff, snoop, squint, stare
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documentsVerbs of Searching: bore, burrow, delve, forage, fumble, grope, leaf, listen, page, paw, poke, rifle, root, rummage, scrabble, scratch, snoop, thumb, tunnel
      [Agent - being] [Verb] over / through / into [Location]He pawed over the documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]He rummaged through the door for the ball
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of look: search
    • more generic words: examine / see = observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
    • more specific terms:
  5. be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
    • examples: The house looks north | My backyard look onto the pond
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of look: face / front
    • more generic word: lie = be located or situated somewhere
    • more specific word: confront = be face to face with
  6. take charge of or deal with
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of look: attend / see / take care
    • more generic terms: care / give care = provide care for
    • more specific words:
      • minister = attend to the wants and needs of others
      • tend = have care of or look after
  7. convey by one's expression
    • example: She looked her devotion to me
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: convey = make known
  8. look forward to the probable occurrence of
  9. accord in appearance with
  10. have faith or confidence in

Alternative definition of the verb look


  1. [intransitive, often, with "at"] To try to see, to pay attention to with one’s eyes.
  2. To appear, to seem.
  3. [context: copulative] To give an appearance of being.
  4. [intransitive, often, with "for"] To search for, to try to find.
  5. To face or present a view.
  6. To expect or anticipate.
  7. [transitive] To express or manifest by a look.
  8. [transitive, often, with "to"] To make sure of, to see to.


  1. Look is a French manufacturer of ski bindings, bicycle frames, equipment, and apparel.
  2. Look is an modeling agency founded in 1988. Since 2005, it has been owned by Amelia Hayes. Every year the winner is given a contract, together with the weekly magazine La'Isha.


  1. LOOK is a musical group.
  2. Look a.k.a. The Look are a UK pop band, who had a number six hit single in the UK Singles Chart in 1981, with "I Am The Beat".

There are other groups with in their name, like Look Up, look-up, Nu Look, Look Out, Look Up!, Look-Out, New Look, Look Left, Look Out!, Look Twice, Look Afraid, Look Mexico, Cacadou Look, Look Daggers, Look de Bouk, Pony Da Look, Sideway Look, Look Stranger, Look See Proof and Don'T Look Back.


  1. "Look" is a 2007 American found footage film directed by Adam Rifkin. The film is composed entirely of material shot from the perspective of surveillance cameras; though shot using CineAlta movie cameras, all were placed in locations where actual surveillance cameras were mounted. The scenes are staged, though, with actors playing a given script. The film's score was provided by electronic music producer BT.
  2. "Look" a.k.a. "Life Without Principle" is a 2011 Hong Kong crime drama film produced and directed by Johnnie To and starring Sean Lau, Richie Ren and Denise Ho. This film was screened in competition at the 68th Venice Film Festival on 9 September 2011. The North America distribution rights was purchased by Indomina Group shortly after the Festival. The deal was made between Indomina and the film's sales agent Media Asia Group.
  3. "Look" is a 2009 short film written and directed by filmmaker Ryan Pickett.
  4. Look a.k.a. Look: The Series is an American television drama series that was broadcast on Showtime from October 10 to December 19, 2010. It is written, produced, and directed by Adam Rifkin. Based on the 2007 film of the same title, Look is shot entirely from the point of view of security cameras.
  5. "Look" is a 2012 short animated film directed by Tustine Klaiber and Tane Humford.


  1. "Look" a.k.a. "Song for Children": "Look" is a song by the American rock band The Beach Boys, written by Brian Wilson and intended by him as a potential track for the band's aborted Smile concept album. Due to lost tapes and scarce information, the recording of "Look" exists today only as an instrumental piece. It was later rerecorded under the title "Song for Children" for Wilson's 2004 presentation of Smile and rewritten with new lyrics by Van Dyke Parks.
  2. "Look" is a 2005 album by Beth Nielsen Chapman. It reached number 63 in the UK Albums Chart.
  3. "Look" is an independent album by the Christian Rock band MercyMe.
  4. "Look" is a musical album of 400 Blows.
    • released in (30 years ago)
  5. "Look" is a composition.
  6. "Look" is a musical album of Gigi Leung.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  7. "LOOK" is a musical single of Halcali.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  8. "Look" a.k.a. "LOOK!" is a musical single of Silver Richards.
    • released on
  9. "Look" is a musical EP of Onuka.
    • released on
  10. "Look" is a musical album of Polarkreis 18.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  11. "Look" is a musical single of Bounty Killer.
  12. "Look" is a musical album of BT, soundtrack.
    • also known as Look Soundtrack


  1. Look was a bi-weekly, general-interest magazine published in Des Moines, Iowa, from 1937 to 1971, with more of an emphasis on photographs than articles. A large-size magazine of 11 by 14 inches, it was generally considered the also-ran to Life magazine, which began publication months earlier and ended in 1972.
    • award: - National Magazine Awards
  2. Look is a glossy high street fashion and celebrity weekly magazine for young women. It is published by IPC Media, and edited by Ali Hall. The magazine focuses on fashion, high street shopping advice, celebrity style and news, and real life stories.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Look

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Google previewFashioning Models (2013)

Image, Text and Industry by Joanne Entwistle, Elizabeth Wissinger

So, like the brand, the look is a heterogeneous assemblage of elements that we can follow outwards from the model...

Google previewCrabb's English Synonymes (1917)

by George Crabb

As epithets, expressive and significant admit of a similar distinction: an expressive look is that which is fitted to express what is intended; a significant look is that which is calculated to signify the particular feeling of the individual. To signify and ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order (1884)

With Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers by George Crabb

As epithets, acpressive and significant admit of a similar distinction : an espressive look is that which is fitted to express what is intended; a significant look is that which is calculated to signify the particular feeling of the individual.

Google previewPainting The Walls Red (2005)

The Uninhibited Woman's Guide to a Fabulous Life After 40 by Judy Ford

Reading Glasses, Comfy Shoes, and a Signature Look A signature look is a must for a perimenopausal or a postmeno- pausal woman. Picking out your reading glasses, buying your comfortable shoes, and designing your look can take your ...

Google previewBreaking the Fourth Wall: Direct Address in the Cinema (2012)

by Tom Brown

Such a look is the sign, not of a suspense, but of a rupture of the fabric of the cinematic fiction or rather – because this rupture is...

Google previewWeb Services Essentials (2002)

Distributed Applications with XML-RPC, SOAP, UDDI & WSDL by Ethan Cerami

Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects.

Google previewMoving Images: Making Movies, Understanding Media (2010)

by Carl Casinghino

The different “looks” of film seen in feature movies have been an important part of the artistry and aesthetic experience of theatrical movies and some television shows. Achieving the proper look is a major consideration of filmmakers, and this ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

LOODIANA—LOOK. -OODLANA, (better spelt, Ludhiana) lö-de-á'na: district of British India, one of the three districts into which the division of Ambala, or Umballa, in the Punjab, is divided. The dist. is immediately s. of the Sutlej, and consists ...

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Usage statistics about look

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun look:

spoken English67.73%written English32.27% conversational speech63.82%task-oriented speech36.18% imaginative writing81.36%informational writing18.64%

Usage statistics for the verb look:

spoken English65.33%written English34.67% conversational speech62.24%task-oriented speech37.76% imaginative writing81.57%informational writing18.43%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun look:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb look:


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Small photo of Muzzle blue-eyed Siberian husky close-up. Husky dog looks sideways, putting his head on his paws. Top view. Serious predator look, harsh kind hunter.Small photo of Fashionable young male worker or manager wears spectacles, stylish denim shirt, has thoughtful expression, looks with clever look aside, stands over home or office interior. Facial expressions conceptSmall photo of Young bearded attractive male with skeptic look, raises eyebrow in bewilderment, has some doubts and uncertainty, looks curiously aside, isolated over white background with copy space for textSmall photo of A very creative and unique rubbish bin which give a sad face look or smily face look also depends on the one who looks at it.Small photo of Attractive male with dark beard and mustache looks with wonderment as hears something unexpected, keeps finger on temple, has clever look, isolated over white concrete background. Facial expressionSmall photo of Indoor shot of pleasant looking beautiful young Caucasian female looks confidently into camera, dressed in casual clothes, indicates with thumb aside for your advertising content. Look there!Small photo of Fashion look. Low angle of cheerful male stylist choosing garment while looking down More...

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Quotes about Look

The look of love, the look thou give
Within its rays love shall live
The aureole of angels scintillates
In thy look, as love abdicates
her crown, the one thy took
When love looked at thee
as love I see. The look of thee
from the look of me… (Kevin Michael Murphy)
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Scrabble value of L1O1O1K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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