Synonyms of look in English:


See definition of look


1‘Mrs. Wright looked at him’


glance, gaze, stare, gape, peer, fix one's gaze, focus

peep, peek, take a look

watch, examine, study, inspect, scan, scrutinize, survey, check, contemplate, consider

see, observe, view, regard, pay attention to, take note of, mark, check out

glimpse, spot, spy, lay one's eyes on, catch sight of, eye, take in, ogle

informal take a gander, give someone a once-over, give someone the once-over, give something a once-over, give something the once-over, have a squint, get a load of, rubberneck, recce

British informal take a dekko, take a butcher's, take a shufti, clock, gawp

North American informal eyeball

archaic behold, espy, descry



2‘a pair of windows looked north over Madison Avenue’


command a view, face, overlook, front

3‘both visitors looked shocked’


seem, seem to be, appear, appear to be, have the air of being, have the appearance of being, give the impression of being, give every appearance of being, give every indication of being, look to be, present as being, strike someone as being


1‘have a look at this report’


glance, observation, view, examination, study, inspection, scan, survey, sight, peep, peek, glimpse, gaze, stare, gape, ogle

informal eyeful, gander, look-see, once-over, squint, recce

British informal shufti, dekko, butcher's

NZ Australian informal geek, squiz

NZ informal Jack Nohi

2‘the puzzled look on her face turned to one of irritation’


expression, mien

3‘he had a shifty look about him’


appearance, air, aspect, bearing, cast, manner, mien, demeanour, features, semblance, guise, facade, impression, effect

atmosphere, mood, quality, ambience, feeling, flavour

4‘the latest look for this season is lean and elegant’


fashion, style, vogue, mode, trend, fad, craze, rage, mania


    look after

      ‘I had to look after my brother after his accident’


      take care of, care for, attend to, tend, mind, minister to, take charge of, supervise, protect, guard

      keep an eye on, keep safe, be responsible for

      watch, sit with, nurse, babysit, childmind

    look back on

      ‘I look back on my early teenage years with some amazement’


      reflect on, think about, remember, recall, bring to mind, muse on, brood on, ponder on, reminisce about, be nostalgic about, hark back to

    look down on

      ‘my mother had social pretensions and looked down on most of our neighbours’


      disdain, scorn, hold in disdain, regard with contempt, treat with contempt, sneer at, spurn, shun, disparage, pooh-pooh, despise


      look down one's nose at, turn up one's nose at


      look up to

    look for

      1‘she looked for her comb, but couldn't find it’


      search for, hunt for, seek, look about for, look around for, look round for, cast about for, cast around for, cast round for, try to find, try to track down, forage for, scout out, quest after, quest for

      2‘Jeremiah and Ezekiel looked for the day when God would forge a new covenant with men’


      anticipate, expect, await, count on, reckon on, watch for, hope for, look forward to, contemplate, prepare for, envisage

    look forward to

      ‘I was looking forward to seeing Ted’


      await with pleasure, anticipate, wait for, be unable to wait for, count the days until, long for, hope for


      lick one's lips over



    look into

      ‘the authorities promised to look into the complaints’


      investigate, explore, research, enquire about, make enquiries about, find out about, ask questions about, ask about

      probe, search into, go into, delve into, dig into, examine, study, scrutinize, check, analyse, follow up, check up on, pore over, take stock of

      vet, audit

      North American

      check out

    look like

      ‘in his overcoat he looks like an undertaker’


      resemble, bear a resemblance to, look similar to, have a look of, have the appearance of, remind one of, put one in mind of, make one think of, be the image of, echo, have the hallmarks of, have all the hallmarks of, simulate

      take after


      be the spitting image of, be the spit of, be a dead ringer for, favour

    look on/upon

      ‘people he looked on as friends took advantage of him’


      regard, consider, think of, deem, judge, count, see, view, take, reckon, believe to be

    look out

      ‘you'll be trampled on if you don't look out’


      beware, watch out, be on guard, be on one's guard, be alert, be wary, be vigilant, be careful, be cautious, pay attention, take heed, heed, keep one's eyes open, keep one's eyes peeled, keep one's eyes skinned, keep an eye out, be on the qui vive

    look something over

      ‘he looked over the reports from the engineer’


      inspect, examine, check, monitor, read through, look through, scan, run through, cast an eye over, leaf through, flick through, flip through, browse, give someone a once-over, give someone the once-over, give something a once-over, give something the once-over, take stock of, view, peruse


      take a dekko at

      North American

      check out

      North American informal


    look right through someone

      ‘the woman, once so friendly, now looked right through her’


      snub, ignore, slight, spurn, shun, disdain, look past, turn one's back on, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, freeze out, steer clear of


      send to Coventry


      give someone the brush-off, cut, cut dead, knock back, give someone the go-by

      British informal




    look through something
    look to

      1‘we must look to the future’


      consider, give thought to, think about, turn one's thoughts to, take heed of, pay attention to, attend to, mind, heed

      2‘they got themselves into trouble and now look to the government for help’


      turn to, resort to, have recourse to, fall back on, avail oneself of, make use of

    look up

      ‘things are looking up for opera these days’


      improve, show improvement, get better, pick up, advance, develop, come along, come on, progress, make progress, make headway, shape up, perk up, rally, take a turn for the better

    look someone up

      ‘Moira said you were going up to Leeds to look up some old friends’


      visit, pay a visit to, call on, go to see, look in on

      North American

      visit with, go see

      drop in on

    look up to

      ‘Jerry looked up to me’


      admire, have a high opinion of, think highly of, hold in high regard, regard highly, rate highly, respect, hold in esteem, esteem, value

      honour, revere, venerate, idolize, worship, hero-worship, adulate, put on a pedestal, lionize


      look down on