Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lōcian; akin to Old Saxon lōcōn to look
Date: before 12th century
1. to make sure or take care (that something is done)
2. to ascertain by the use of one's eyes <look what I brought you> 3. a. to exercise the power of vision upon ; examine b. archaic to search for 4. a. expect, anticipate <we look to have a good year> b. to have in mind as an end <looking to win back some lost profits> 5. archaic to bring into a place or condition by the exercise of the power of vision 6. to express by the eyes or facial expression 7. to have an appearance that befits or accords with <looks her age> intransitive verb 1. a. to exercise the power of vision ; see b. to direct one's attention <look upon the future with hope> <look at the map> c. to direct the eyes <looked up from the newspaper> 2. to have the appearance or likelihood of being ; seem <it looks unlikely> <looks to be hard work> 3. to have a specified outlook <the house looked east> 4. to gaze in wonder or surprise ; stare 5. to show a tendency <the evidence looks to acquittal> Synonyms: see expect II. noun Date: 13th century 1. a. the act of looking b. glance 2. a. the expression of the countenance b. physical appearance; especially attractive physical appearance — usually used in plural c. a combination of design features giving a unified appearance <a new look in women's fashions> 3. the state or form in which something appears
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.