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look out

1. verb To literally peer or gaze out of a place or thing. My cat loves looking out the window and watching all the birds and squirrels outside.
2. verb To be aware of one's surroundings in order to look for or notice something. Often used as an imperative. Look out—there's slippery rocks on that trail! I always look out for deals when I'm shopping.
3. noun One who keeps watch for potential problems or intruders in a particular situation. In this usage, the phrase is usually spelled as one word ("lookout"). We can't get caught, so you act as a lookout and give us a sign if you hear Mom or Dad coming.
4. noun The act of keeping watch for potential problems or intruders in a particular situation. In this usage, the phrase is usually spelled as one word ("lookout"). We can't get caught, so you keep a lookout and give us a sign if you hear Mom or Dad coming.
See also: look, out

look out (of) something

to gaze outward from inside something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Look out of the window and see if it is raining. I looked out of the door to see what the weather was like.
See also: look, out

look out

Also, watch out. Be careful, be watchful, as in Look out that you don't slip and fall on the ice, or Watch out! There's a car coming. [c. 1600] Also see look out for.
See also: look, out

look out

v.
To be watchful or careful; take care: If you don't look out, you could fall on the ice. The campers looked out for each other on the hike.
See also: look, out
References in classic literature ?
When night came she went forth with silent foot and obtained food for herself and her kittens, but feigning to be afraid, she kept a lookout all through the day.
But the main--that's the big un, with the cloud on it--they usually calls the Spy-glass, by reason of a lookout they kept when they was in the anchorage cleaning, for it's there they cleaned their ships, sir, asking your pardon.
And mind you, keep a lookout for Injun Joe, because he said he was going to drop into town and spy around once more for a chance to get his revenge.
Captain Davenport compromised on a point and a half, and then went aloft, accompanied by McCoy and the first mate, to keep a lookout for land.
We're bringing a lookout back to life after being shut down for 23 years.
I just happened to catch it right after it started,'' said Fleming, one of the few hardy souls who volunteer as a lookout through the fire season.
Fleming will be on duty to field questions about the life of a lookout.
Forest Service archaeologist, couldn't bear to watch the last of this piece of forest history fade into memory, so he turned to a lookout tower restoration group for help.
Anyone interested in the outdoors who would like to help protect the environment can attend training sessions to become a lookout volunteer.
Long before a lookout working in a remote tower spots it, firefighters will hear about the blaze from a passer-by with a car phone.