- look: give attention to what one is seeing; turn the eyes and see in a certain direction.
Look at that cute baby!
- see: use the power of sight.
See! Here she comes!
- watch: look at some activity or event; keep one's eyes fixed on something.
The boys watched television all the afternoon.
- gaze: look at something for a long time, in surprise or admiration.
She gazed at him in disbelief when he told her the news.
- stare: look at something for a long time with the eyes wide open.
She was staring into space.
- gawk = gawp: stare impolitely.
Many people gathered to gawp at the crashed car.
- gape: look at something with one's mouth open.
She gaped at him in surprise.
- glance: have a quick look at something.
She glanced at her watch.
- scan: look quickly at something without careful reading.
He scanned the newspaper over breakfast.
- glare: stare angrily or fiercely.
She didn't answer, but just glared silently at me.
- glower: look very angry, annoyed or threatening.
You don't need to glower at me like that; you know the rules!
- peer: look very carefully, as if not able to see well.
He peered at me over his spectacles.
- peep: look quickly and cautiously.
He was caught peeping through the keyhole.
- observe: watch carefully.
The police observed the man entering the bank.
- glimpse: have a passing view of something or someone. Usually used in the expression to catch a glimpse of.
He could catch a glimpse of the president among the crowd.
- spot: recognize someone suddenly among many others.
He was spotted by the police boarding a plane for Berlin.
- behold: old use of the verb to see.
Behold the king!
- view: (technical) look thouroughly; regard, consider.
That film hasn't been viewed by the censor yet.
- sight: see for the first time.
The men in the ship finally sighted land.
- leer: look in an unpleasant way, suggesting ill will or lust.
The man leered at the young girl.
- blink: shut and open the eyes quickly.
How long can you stare without blinking?
- wink: close one eye briefly, as a signal to somebody.
He winked at me to show that he was just joking.
- frown: look in a worried or angry way, moving down the eyebrows together.
He read the telegram, frowning at its contents.
- scowl: frown angrily.
She was very angry and scowled at him while she talked.
- squint: look with eyes half shut or turned sideways, or through a narrow opening.
She squinted through the letter-box and saw an envelope.
- peek: look quickly and secretively.
She found her brother peeking at her diary.
- ogle: look or stare (at a woman) suggesting sexual interest.
Most women hate being ogled at.
- goggle: look with the eyes wide open in surprise or shock. (old-fashioned)
People were goggling at her as if she were from another planet.
- eyeball: look directly or closely.
Francis eyeballed a beautiful woman at the party.
- take a gander at something: (informal) look at something.
- cast an eye on/over something: look at something, examine something.
- browse: look through the pages of a book or magazine; look at the goods in a shop without really wanting to buy anything.
Sheila spent all the afternoon browsing the boutiques.
- scrutinize: examine thoroughly and carefully.
John scrutinized the painting at the museum.
We thank Alejandro Listrani (from Buenos Aires, Argentina), Francis Dixon-Clarke (from Sao Paulo, Brazil),
Eugenia Laguia (from Pergamino, Argentina) and María Laura Scappini (from Buenos Aires, Argentina) for their contribution.
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