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look around

1. noun A usually brief visual examination of some place or location, done by walking around such a place and looking at its various aspects. The guide gave us a few moments to have a look around inside the ancient dwelling before we moved on to the next part of the tour. Do you mind stopping the car here? I want to take a look around.
2. verb To (usually briefly) visually examine some place or location by walking around such a place and looking at its various aspects. After 15 minutes or so of looking around, we both felt the house just wasn't right for us. I kept looking around for somewhere to plug my laptop in, but there were no outlets anywhere in the classroom.
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look around (at something)

to investigate something; to study something visually. Go into the room and look around at the way they have fixed it up. I went in and looked around.
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look around (in) some place

to investigate some place. Look around the kitchen. You will find what you want. Tell her to look around in the attic. Maybe the camping gear is there.
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Our open evenings are always very busy, so it was encouraging to see so many families taking the time out of their busy weekends to have a look around.
Redditch Borough Council has decided to close the facility on January 29 - but, to mark its importance, is urging local residents to have a look around the building for the last time.
They were allowed a first-hand look around the facilities on board the 485-tonne ship.
And if you don't take a look around, you really can miss it.
So now, as you look around the classroom, the kitchen, the grocery store or the street, you will know that the talents of graphic artists everywhere helped to make those signs and packages and books and posters come alive to make a difference in your daily life.
Those stars will become the focus of the Terrestrial Planet Finder--a future NASA mission that will look around the stars for Earth-like planets.
Look around the world today--the nations that are best able to provide for their citizens are the ones with vibrant, healthy, growing economies.
Schaible told NL/NL, "The best way for you to experience SWEPA is to visit our web site and have a good look around.
When he drifts upstairs simply to look around, he peers through a door to see a creature with long hair reading about call girls in a magazine.
If you look around you, everything you see will be connected and by creating an open standard for wireless communication between devices, Ericsson is making it happen with Bluetooth," said Jan Ahrenbring, vice president of marketing and communications at Ericsson Mobile Communications.
PRINCE Charles had a good look around a cabbie's house after his wife invited him in for a cuppa.
To look around inside the human body for medical purposes, one must be able to distinguish among tissues.
This year, senior management has told Mary's boss to look around.
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