look out (third-person singular simple present looks out, present participle looking out, simple past and past participle looked out)
- (intransitive) To look from within to the outside.
- Look out, and you will see the rain has stopped.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) Be vigilant and aware.
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.
- (transitive) To find by looking: to hunt out.
- 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.
to look from within to the outside
to be vigilant and aware
- Arabic: حا َسـِب
- Mandarin: 当心，小心，注意
- French: prendre garde (fr)