look out

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

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To be vigilant and aware often as an imperative to alert a person to danger.
    Synonyms: take care, watch out
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Thinks I to myself, “Sol, you're run off your course again. This is a rich man's summer‘cottage’ and if you don't look out there's likely to be some nice, lively dog taking an interest in your underpinning.”
    While you're in the city center, look out for the dodgy street vendors.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To find by looking: to hunt out.
  3. To be facing (used with "on").
    A spacious room that looks out on the sea.
  4. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see look,‎ out.
    • 2021, Michael Farris Smith, chapter 30, in Nick, New York; Boston; London: Little, Brown and Company, page 159:
      On the morning of the eighth day, he found himself looking out across the river.

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