Definition of look on in English:

look on

phrasal verb

  • Watch without getting involved.

    ‘Cameron was looking on and making no move to help’
    • ‘He positioned himself on the couch watching the documentary with glee with Jocelyn looking on with displeasure.’
    • ‘The coach looked on, inscrutable as he always is when watching from the stands.’
    • ‘There are young tigers frolicking in and out of the pools provided for them in their pens, and it's a pleasure to watch them and their mums looking on from next door.’
    • ‘He looked on and watched as the same girl in his dream climbed into his room through the window.’
    • ‘He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the boot of his car.’
    • ‘That's why it matters if we simply look on as the dignity of one of our number is traded.’