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.
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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