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. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see look,‎ out.
    look out, and you will see the rain has stopped
    to look out the window
    • 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.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To be vigilant and aware.
    Synonyms: be vigilant, 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.
  3. (transitive, idiomatic) To find by looking: to hunt out.
    • 1891, Henry James, The Pupil, page 144
      Morgan pulled a Greek lexicon toward him (he used a Greek-German), to look out a word, instead of asking it of Pemberton.
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, page 14:
      Then she straightened the kitchen, lit the lamp, mended the fire, looked out the washing for the next day, and put it to soak.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 58
      I had not seen her since long before the war, and I had to look out her address in the telephone-book.
  4. To be facing.
    A spacious room that looks out on the sea.