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Vocabulary - 27 Ways of Looking

1.Look - If you look in a particular direction,you direct your eyes in that direction.
She turned to look at him.

2.See - When you see something,you notice it using your eyes.
She can see,hear,touch,smell,and taste.

3.Watch - If you watch someone or something,you look at them,usually for a period of time,and pay attention to what is happening.
Harry watched him sipping his brandy.

4.  * Stare - If you stare someone out,you look steadily into their eyes,especially with eyes wide open unbelieving or rudely.
Reena tried not to stare.
boy looking through the glass

         * Goggle - Look with wide open eyes, typically in amazement,surprise or wonder.

He goggled in bewilderment.

5.Gaze - To look steadily and intently at something, especially in surprise and admiration.

She stood gazing at herself in the mirror.

6.Gape - If you gape,you look someone or something in surprise,usually with an open mouth.
His secretary stopped taking notes to gape at me.

7.Glance - If you glance at something or someone,you look at them very quickly and then look away again immediately.
He glanced at his watch.

8.Glimpse - If you glimpse someone or something,you see them very briefly and not very well.
She glimpsed a group of people standing on the bank of a river.

9.Squint - If you squint at something,you look at it with your eyes partly closed.
*The girl squinted at the photograph.
*The bright sunlight made me squint.

10.Peep - If you peep at something,you have a quick look at it,often secretly and quietly.
Now and then she peeped to see if he was noticing her.

11.Peer - If you peer at something,you look at it very hard,usually because it is difficult to see clearly.
I had been peering at a computer print-out that made no sense at all.

12.* Glare - If you glare at someone,you look at them with an angry expression on your face.
Harry glared and muttered something.

     * Glover - To stare angrily.

He glowered at me but said nothing.

13.Gawk/Gawp - To gawk at someone or something means to stare at them in a rude,stupid,or unthinking way.
The youth continued to gawk at her and did not answer.

14.Scan - When you scan a group of people or place,you look at it carefully,usually because you are looking for something or someone.
The officer scanned the room.

15.Observe - If you observe a person or thing,you watch them carefully,especially in order to learn about them.
Our sniper team observed them manning an anti-aircraft gun.

16.Scrutinize - You examine it very carefully.
The officer scrutinized the documents thoroughly.

17.Browse - Looking at things in a very casual way.

There was so much food at the party that we quickly got sated just by browsing.

18.Gloat - If someone is gloating,they are showing pleasure at their own success or at other people's failure in an arrogant and unpleasant way.
Don't gloat over your rival's misfortune.

19. Ogle - To look at lustfully

He was ogling her breast.

20.View - If you have a view of something,you can see it.

He stood up to get a better view of a blackboard.

21.Behold - See or observe

The botanical gardens were a wonder to behold.

22.Blink - When you blink your eyes,you shut your eyes and very quickly open them again.
She was blinking her eyes rapidly.

23.Wink -  Close and open one eye quickly, typically to indicate that something is a joke or a secret or as a signal of affection or greeting.
I gave her a wink.

24. Frown - Furrow one's brow in an expression indicating disapproval, displeasure, or concentration.
He frowned at her anxiously.

25. Scowl-An angry or bad-tempered expression.
He scowled,and slammed the door behind him.
26.Spot - If you spot something or someone,you notice them.
Peter failed to spot the error.

27.Leer - looking with an sexual desire
Bystanders were leering at the nude painting


  1. thanks for the knowledge..simple and confusing sometimes..

  2. I felt very tired to prepare this post as the list were going on.Your comment boosted me. Thanks a lot.

  3. your welcome. I bet, most of the people dont know the exact differences. keep sharing similar(knowledgeable) posts.


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