look through

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

look through (third-person singular simple present looks through, present participle looking through, simple past and past participle looked through)

  1. To gaze through a gap or aperture
    He looked through the binoculars at the bird.
  2. To search, either with the eyes or by hand
    Airport security looked through her purse and confiscated her nail scissors.
  3. (idiomatic, with "right") To pretend not to see something or someone who is clearly visible
    I tried to get Michele's attention at the party, but she looked right through me!

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