look on (someone or something) as (something)(redirected from look on it as)
To watch some action or activity as a spectator. With a stadium of fans looking on, the pressure was on for him to make the field goal.
look on (someone or something) as (something)
To view someone or something in a certain way. I've always looked on him as a genius, so I'm not surprised to hear about his scientific breakthrough.
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look (out) on (to) something
[for something] to face onto something or some place. The balcony looks out onto the meadow. My window looks onto the street.
look on (with someone)
to share and read from someone else's notes, paper, book, music, etc. I don't have a copy of the notice, but I will look on with Carlo. Carla has a copy of the music. She doesn't mind if I look on.
to be a spectator and watch what is happening without participating. The beating took place while a policeman looked on. While the kittens played, the mother cat looked on contentedly.
look (up)on someone or something as something
to view someone or something as something; to consider someone or something to be something. I look upon Todd as a fine and helpful guy. I look on these requests as an annoyance.
look on someone as something
to view or think of someone as something. I look on you as a very thoughtful person. Mary looked on Jane as a good friend.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Also, look upon. Regard in a certain way, as in I looked on him as a second father, or We looked upon her as a worthy successor. [Early 1600s]
2. Be a spectator, watch, as in She rode the horse around the ring as her parents looked on. [Late 1500s]
3. Also, look on with. Read from someone's book, paper, or music at the same time, as in I forgot my score; can I look on with you? [Late 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To watch an incident or event without participating in it: The firefighters battled the blaze while dozens of neighbors looked on. I looked on while my teacher prepared the lesson.
2. To regard someone or something in a certain way: The boss looked on the new employee as incompetent.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.