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look through (something)
1. Literally, to see, gaze, or peer through something transparent. I looked through the peephole to see who was knocking on the door. Look through this microscope and tell me what you see.
2. To examine something, especially quickly, cursorily, or superficially. I looked through your paper, and so far you seem to have a good grasp on the topic. I'll read it more carefully this evening. He looked through the photo album to find a picture of him and all his siblings when they were kids.
look through something
1. to gaze through something. Look through the window at what the neighbors are doing. Look through the binoculars and see if you can get a better view.
2. to examine the parts, pages, samples, etc., of something. Look through this report and see what you make of it. I will look through it when I have time.
1. To peer through or as if through something: The astronomer allowed us to look through the telescope.
2. To go through something quickly or superficially, especially when searching: I looked through the book, but I haven't had a chance to read it.