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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
WAYS OF LOOKING

  • 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 answered, but just glared silently at me.
  • 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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