Basic+ Word of the Day: look

look (verb, noun) past tense: looked LISTEN

"Look at this."

If you look at something, it means that you move your eyes to see it.

  • Look at me when I'm talking to you.

We can use look to say how we see someone.

  • You look beautiful today.

And we can use look like to say that we think something because we can see it.

  • He looks like he needs a holiday. (=I can see that he’s tired so I think he needs a holiday.)

A look is also the way that we look at someone with our face.

  • She gave me a strange look.

If you look for something, it means that you want to find it.

  • I’m looking for a bank. Is it on this street?

Common uses

When we want someone to see something that won’t be there for long, we can say, “Look!” For example: “Look! Nancy’s on TV!”

In pop culture

Do you know the movie Zoolander? It’s about a famous model. He has lots of different looks (ways that he looks at the camera), but they all look the same! In this video from the movie, he does one of his special looks and saves the prime minister of Malaysia. How does he do it?

There are other meanings of look.

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