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Words to use instead of LOOK

The first thing we need to do is to get a definition of the word look. This is important because in order to use other words instead of look, you first need to understand that word can be used in different ways depending upon the context of the situation. The definition of the word will explain these different contexts. The word look can be used as a verb or a noun.

As a transitive verb, look can be used:
• to make sure or take care (that something is done).
Example: I will look to see if the dishes have been washed. Alternative: I will peek and see if the dishes have been washed.

• to ascertain by the use of one's eyes.
Example: Look at these beautiful flowers. Alternative: Did you see the beautifil flowers I brought you?

• to exercise the power of vision upon something/someone.
Example: The detective will look at the crime scene. Alternative: The detective will examine the crime scene.

• to express by the eyes or facial expression.
Example: The lawyer had a look of surprise on his face as the judge pronounce his client guilty. Alternative: The lawyer appeared surprised as the judge pronounce his client guilty.

As an intransitive verb, look can:
• Direct your eyes at a person, place, or thing.
Example: Ralph looked at Beverly. Alternative: Ralph peered around the corner at Beverly.

• To have, or give, the appearance of something.
Example: The house had the look of being abandoned. Alternative: The house had the appearance of being abandoned.

•To investigate, or attempt to find.
Example: He started to look for the book. Alternative: He started to search for the book he had misplaced.

Below is a list of verbs that can be used instead of look. You will notice that I did not put in the list any of the compound verbs that can be used with look; for example look + up, down, about/around, out, away, after, ahead, back, down upon, for, forward to, into, out for, over, up to, to (rely on). I left these out as this is a list of words to use instead of look. If you are replacing the past tense of look (looked), the verbs below can also be used in their respective past tense as well.

admire(d)

to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.

Lucy admired the necklace in the jewelry store.

appear(ed)

to have the appearance of being; seem; look.

The car appaeared to be new, but Joseph has his doubts.

behold (beheld)

to observe; look at; see

“Behold my powers and be in fear!” shouted the wizard.

consider(ed)

to view carefully or thoughtfully.

Stacy considered how a new oven would reduce the time it took to cook dinner.

contemplate(d)

to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully.

James contemplated whether or not he really needed a new car.

examine(d)

to inspect or scrutinize carefully.

The archeologist picked up his magnifying glass and examined the artifact.

explore(d)

to look into closely; scrutinize; examine.

“Let's explore this option carefully before we proceed any further,” said the chairman of the board.

eye(d)

to observe or watch narrowly.

Jason eyed the woman in the red dress as she walked toward him.

eyeball(ed)

to look at, check, or observe closely.

The doctor eyeballed his patient before he bagan to speak.

feast one's (your) eyes

(metaphoric extression) be delighted or gratified by the sight of.

“Feast your eyes on all this food and let's dig in!”

focus(ed)

to direct one's attention or efforts.

forage(d)

to search about; seek; hunt.

gape(d)

to stare with open mouth, as in wonde, or astonishment.

gawk(ed)

to stare stupidly; gape.

gaze(d)

to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.

glance(d)

to look quickly or briefly.

glower(ed)

to look or stare with sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.

goggle(d)

to stare with bulging or wide-open eyes.

heed(ed)

to give attention; have regard.

hunt(ed)

to make a search or endeavor to find.

inspect(ed)

to look carefully at or over; view closely and critically; to view or examine formally or officially.

investigate(d)

examine in detail.

mark(ed)

to take notice; give attention; consider.

notice(d)

to pay attention to or take notice of.

observe(d)

to see, watch, perceive, or notice.

ogle(d)

to look at amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently; to stare at.

peek(ed)

to look or glance quickly or furtively, especially through a small opening or from a concealed location; peep; peer.

peep(ed)

to look through a small opening or from a concealed location; to look slyly, pryingly, or furtively; to look curiously or playfully.

peer(ed)

to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.

pore(d) over

to read or study (something) very carefully.

probe(d)

to search into or examine thoroughly.

quest

to search; seek (often followed by for or after).

read

to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.).

regard(ed)

to look or gaze.

rubberneck(ed)

to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head.

scan(ned)

to glance at or over.

scout(ed)

to examine, inspect, or observe for the purpose of obtaining information; reconnoiter.

scrutinize(d)

to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.

search(ed)

to explore or examine in order to discover.

see (saw)

to perceive with the eyes; look at.

seek (sought)

to go in search of : look for.

spot(ted)

to detect or notice.

spy (spied)

to catch sight of : see

stare(d)

to gaze fixedly and intently, especially with the eyes wide open.

study (studied)

to examine or investigate carefully and in detail.

survey(ed)

to view in detail, especially to inspect, examine, or appraise formally or officially in order to ascertain condition, value, etc.

take a gander

(idiomatic) To take a look; to check or examine.

take a look

(idiomatic, intransitive) To examine or observe.

take in

to recieve into the mind : perceive.

Harry walked up to the the ledge to take in the view.

view(ed)

the act of seeing or examining

watch(ed)

to look at : observe.


As a noun, look can:

• Be an expression of countenance.
Example: He had the look of disgust on his face. Alternative: The grimace of disgust on his face clearly communicated his feelings.

• Be an expression of the act of looking
Example: He grimaced at the thought of eating beets.

• Be a style or fashion, or outward appearance.
Example: The dress made her look beautiful. Alternative: She was very beautiful in that dress.

Below is a list of nouns that can be used instead of look.

appearance

the state, condition, manner, or style in which a person or object appears; outward look or aspect.

aspect

appearance to the eye or mind.

bearing

the manner in which one behaves or comports oneself : the manner in which one bears.

The man had a cheerful bearing.

cast

a turning of the eye in a particular direction.

countenance

a look, or bearing, or expresion.

demeanor

facial appearance; mien.

expression

a look or intonation expressing personal reaction, feeling, etc.

face

a look or facial expression.

feature

the makeup or appearance of the face or its parts.

front

external and often feigned appearance especially in the face of danger or adversity.

grimace

a facial expression usually of disgust, disapproval, or pain

grin

to draw back the lips so as to show the teeth especially in amusement or laughter

guise

external appearance: semblance.

manner

characteristic or distinctive bearing.

mien

bearing especially as expressive of attitude or personality : demeanor.

scowl

a facial expression of displeasure.

smile

a facial expression in which the eyes brighten and the corners of the mouth curve slightly upward and which expresses especially amusement, pleasure, approval, or sometimes scorn



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