(=glance, gaze) regarder
→ I looked down the hallway.
→ They looked right and left, then crossed the road.
look! (expressing surprise)
Look! A rainbow! Regardez ! Un arc-en-ciel !
to look the other way
(=ignore what is happening) fermer les yeux
look through etc
→ I've looked in all the cupboards and I still can't find it.
Have you looked behind the sofa? Tu as regardé derrière le canapé ?
(=seem) (with adj)
→ He looked scared.
→ It looks all right to me.
→ He had lots of time to think about the future, and it didn't look good.
to look worried avoir l'air inquiet
She looks surprised. Elle a l'air surprise.
That cake looks nice. Ce gâteau a l'air bon.
It looks fine. Ça a l'air bien.
It looks all right to me. Ça me paraît bien.
It looks about 4 metres long. Je dirais que ça fait 4 mètres de long.
it looks as if ...
(=seems as though) on dirait que ...
It looks as if they are going to lose the election. On dirait qu'il vont perdre les élections.
He looked as if he was going to smile. On aurait dit qu'il allait sourire.
it looks like rain on dirait qu'il va pleuvoir
it looks like him
(=seems to be him) on dirait que c'est lui
to look like sb/sth ressembler à qn/qch
→ He claims that all babies look like Winston Churchill.
→ The animal looks like a large hedgehog.
→ They look like stars to the naked eye.
He looks like his brother. Il ressemble à son frère.
What does she look like? Comment est-elle physiquement?
[building, window, garden]
to look south donner au sud
to look on to the sea donner sur la mer
→ We sit on the terrace, which looks out on the sea.
(expressing annoyance, exasperation)
look!, look here! écoutez !
→ Look, Paul, this is ridiculous.
→ Look, I'm sorry. I didn't mean it.
→ Now look here, Tim, there really is no need for that kind of reaction.
to look sb in the eye, to look sb in the face regarder qn droit dans les yeux
→ Look me in the eye and tell me you didn't know anything about this!
to look sb up and down toiser qn
→ He looks me up and down, dismissively.
to have a look at sth (briefly)
jeter un coup d'œil à qch
→ Did you have a look at the shop when you were there?
→ I've had a look at your essay and I think it's very good.
Have a look at this! Regardez ceci!
Let me have a look. Fais voir.
Can I have a look? Je peux regarder ?
to give sb a puzzled look regarder qn d'un air perplexe
→ Nick gave her a puzzled look.
→ Don't give me such severe looks.
to take a long hard look at sth examiner qch de près
→ She took a long hard look at the diamond, wishing it were hers.
→ We need to take a long, hard look at exactly why children truant.
to take a long hard look at o.s. (psychologically)
faire son autocritique
→ The company took a long, hard look at itself and then set out to ensure an independent future.
to have a look for sb/sth chercher qn/qch
→ I've had a look for their number in the phone book, but it's not there.
I had a quick look round for her. J'ai jeté un coup d'œil pour voir si elle était là.
(=facial expression) air m , expression f
→ with an unhappy look on his face
→ A look of disgust came over his face.
→ A puzzled look came over his face.
There was a worried look on his face. Il avait l'air inquiet.
the punk look le look punk
a room with a traditional look une pièce de style traditionnel
→ The colours we like best are the ones with a traditional look.
to not like the look of sth, I don't like the look of it. Ça ne me dit rien qui vaille.
→ I don't like the look of those clouds.
by the look of it, by the looks of it à ce qu'on dirait
→ `You OK?' `Better than you by the looks of it," she replied.
He was not a well man by the look of him. Il n'avait pas l'air en bonne santé.
looks npl physique m , beauté f → I never chose people just because of their looks. to lose one's looks ne plus être aussi beau (belle) qu'autrefois → She had lost her looks.
(=take care of)
[+person] s'occuper de
→ I love looking after the children.
I look after my little sister. Je m'occupe de ma petite sœur.
to look after o.s., He's old enough to look after himself. Il est assez grand pour se débrouiller tout seul.
Look after yourself! Prends bien soin de toi !
[+task] s'occuper de
→ Do you think Walker should stay there to look after things?
You go on out. I'll look after the cooking. Sors, je m'occupe de la cuisine.
We'll help you look after your finances. Nous vous aiderons à mettre vos finances en ordre.
[+luggage etc] garder, surveiller
(lit) (in front of oneself)
regarder devant soi
(fig) (to the future)
penser à l'avenir
→ I'm trying to look ahead at what might happen and be ready to handle it.
We need to look ahead. Il nous faut penser à l'avenir.
You'll need to look ahead four or five years. Vous devez vous projeter quatre ou cinq ans en avant.
to look ahead to sth envisager qch
→ We can look ahead to the Fulham game with confidence.
→ we just want to be positive and look ahead to a great future
We can look ahead to the next match with confidence. Nous pouvons envisager le prochain match avec confiance.
(=glance round) regarder autour de soi
(=glance at) regarder
→ Can you look at my back? I think something's wrong.
Look at the picture. Regardez cette image.
Look at me! Regarde-moi !
Look at the time! Tu as vu l'heure !
[+situation, problem, subject] examiner
→ Next term we'll be looking at the Second World War period.
The situation must be looked at more closely. Il faut examiner la situation de plus près.
Let's look at the implications of this. Voyons ce que ceci implique.
Look at what we have achieved over the past two years. Voyez où nous sommes arrivés en deux ans.
(=glance backwards) regarder derrière soi
→ When I looked back, he had gone.
to look back at sth/sb se retourner pour regarder qch/qn
→ She turned to look back at her parents waving on the platform.
(on the past)
revenir sur le passé
looking back, ... rétrospectivement, ...
Looking back, I think I did the best I could. Rétrospectivement, je pense que j'ai fait de mon mieux.
to look back on sth [+event, period] repenser à qch
→ The past always seems better when you look back on it.
to look back on sth with regret repenser à qch avec regret
→ They will look back on this match with a great deal of pride.
→ Ruby looks back on her childhood with immense nostalgia.
I never looked back (was successful from then on)
à partir de ce moment-là, tout m'a réussi
→ Celtic led from the 19th minute and never looked back.
(=glance downwards) regarder en bas
→ I looked down and there, in the wet grass, was a snake.
(=lower one's eyes) baisser les yeux
→ In the end I simply looked down and said nothing.
Don't look down! Ne regarde pas !
to look down from an upstairs window regarder par une fenêtre du haut
→ Look down from an upstairs window or a ladder to check the layout.
to look down at the ground regarder par terre
look down on
(=despise) regarder de haut
→ I wasn't successful, so they looked down on me.
→ The farm labourer used to be looked down on.
(=have a view of) donner sur
The house looks down on the river. La maison donne sur la rivière.
(=search for, person, object) chercher
→ I've been looking for you all over.
I'm looking for my passport. Je cherche mon passeport.
to be looking for work chercher du travail
→ She's been looking for work for 3 months now.
look forward to
vt fus attendre avec impatience
→ I'm greatly looking forward to the party
I'm looking forward to the holidays. J'attends les vacances avec impatience.
I'm not looking forward to it. Cette perspective ne me réjouit guère.
to look forward to doing sth, I'm really looking forward to going on holiday. Il me tarde vraiment de partir en vacances., J'ai vraiment hâte de partir en vacances.
→ I am looking forward to working with him again.
→ His team won 2-0 so I'm looking forward to getting revenge this time.
I'm looking forward to seeing you. Il me tarde de te revoir.
The team is looking forward to playing there. L'équipe a hâte de jouer là-bas.
looking forward to hearing from you (in informal letter)
j'espère avoir bientôt de tes nouvelles
We look forward to hearing from you ... Dans l'attente de vous lire ...
(=glance inside) regarder à l'intérieur
→ She opened the door and looked in.
(=go to see)
to look in on sb passer voir qn
→ I looked in on Louisa. She was sleeping.
[+matter, possibility] examiner, étudier
→ I'll look into it for you.
→ Finally they agreed to look into the matter.
to look into doing sth étudier la possibilité de faire qch
→ They have set up a working party to look into changing the rules.
→ The group are to look into providing more training and vocational facilities for prisoners.
(=watch) regarder (en spectateur)
People looked on in silence. Les gens regardaient, silencieux.
She told how she looked on helplessly during the terrifying ordeal. Elle a raconté qu'elle n'avait pu qu'assister, impuissante, à l'affreux supplice.
→ The audience looked on in horror as the stage suddenly collapsed.
to look on sb as sth considérer qn comme qch
→ A lot of people looked on him as a healer.
I look on him as a brother. Je le considère comme mon frère.
to look favourably on sb voir qn d'un œil favorable
→ Employers look favourably on applicants who have work experience.
(=look outside) regarder dehors
→ He drew the curtains and looked out.
to look out of the window regarder par la fenêtre
→ She turned to look out of the back window.
(=beware) prendre garde, faire attention
look out! attention!
look out for
(=watch out for)
[+expected visitor, postman] guetter
Look out for somewhere we can stop. Essaie de repérer un endroit pour nous arrêter.
Look out for special deals. Soyez à l'affût des bonnes affaires.
[+essay, piece of work] jeter un coup d'œil à
→ Sometimes he used to look over the article I had written, shrug, and tear it up.
[+town, building] visiter
→ Could we look over the house please?
jeter un coup d'œil à, (carefully)
examiner de la tête aux pieds
(=turn to look backwards) regarder derrière soi, se retourner
→ I thought I heard someone call my name, but when I looked round, there was nobody there.
I shouted and he looked round. J'ai crié et il s'est retourné.
(=have a look around) jeter un coup d'œil
I'm just looking round. Je jette simplement un coup d'œil.
to look round for sth chercher qch
[+house, museum, town] visiter
→ We went to look round the show homes.
to look round the shops faire les magasins
→ I like looking round the shops.
[+papers, book] examiner
→ I always looked through my work carefully before I handed it in.
→ Peter starts looking through the mail as soon as the door shuts.
[+telescope] regarder à travers
(=rely on) compter sur
to look to sb for sth, The people look to us for guidance. Le peuple compte sur nous pour le guider.
→ Many people in the community would be looking to us for leadership.
Continental designers are looking to Britain for inspiration this season. Cette saison, les designers européens cherchent l'inspiration en Grande-Bretagne.
to look to sb to do sth compter sur qn pour faire qch
→ People still look to politicians to solve economic problems.
to be looking to do sth chercher à faire qch
(=glance upwards) lever les yeux
He looked up from his newspaper. Il leva les yeux de son journal.
→ The man told us the price without even looking up from his book.
Things are looking up for us. Ça va mieux pour nous.
→ He consulted his dictionary to look up the meaning of the word "apotheosis".
If you don't know a word, look it up in the dictionary. Si vous ne connaissez pas un mot, cherchez-le dans le dictionnaire.
[+friend] passer voir
→ She looked up an old university friend while she was there.
look up to
(=admire) avoir du respect pour
→ She looks up to her father.
I didn't get a look-in *, into activity je n'ai pas pu participer
je n'ai pas pu en placer une
James talks so much that no-one else gets a look-in. James parle tellement que personne ne peut en placer une.
adj new-look inv
n nouveau look m