En Inglés, a veces hay muchas formas de expresar algo que en español usamos simplemente una sola palabra.
Por ejemplo, para mirar. En inglés hay un verbo concreto para especificar lo que en español diríamos mirar detenidamente, mirar de reojo, mirar con desprecio, mirar rápidamente, mirar indiscretamente, etc.
Aquí os listamos unos ejemplos:
# look: give attention to what one is seeing; turn the eyes and see in a certain direction.
Look at that cute baby!
# see: use the power of sight.
See! Here she comes!
# watch: look at some activity or event; keep one’s eyes fixed on something.
The boys watched television all the afternoon.
# gaze: look at something for a long time, in surprise or admiration.
She gazed at him in disbelief when he told her the news.
# stare: look at something for a long time with the eyes wide open.
She was staring into space.
# gawk = gawp: stare impolitely.
Many people gathered to gawp at the crashed car.
# gape: look at something with one’s mouth open.
She gaped at him in surprise.
# glance: have a quick look at something.
She glanced at her watch.
# scan: look quickly at something without careful reading.
He scanned the newspaper over breakfast.
# glare: stare angrily or fiercely.
She didn’t answered, but just glared silently at me.
# peer: look very carefully, as if not able to see well.
He peered at me over his spectacles.
# peep: look quickly and cautiously.
He was caught peeping through the keyhole.
# observe: watch carefully.
The police observed the man entering the bank.
# glimpse: have a passing view of something or someone. Usually used in the expression to catch a glimpse of.
He could catch a glimpse of the president among the crowd.
# spot: recognize someone suddenly among many others.
He was spotted by the police boarding a plane for Berlin.
# behold: old use of the verb to see.
Behold the king!
# view: (technical) look thouroughly; regard, consider.
That film hasn’t been viewed by the censor yet.
# sight: see for the first time.
The men in the ship finally sighted land.
# leer: look in an unpleasant way, suggesting ill will or lust.
The man leered at the young girl
# blink: shut and open the eyes quickly.
How long can you stare without blinking?
# wink: close one eye briefly, as a signal to somebody.
He winked at me to show that he was just joking.
# frown: look in a worried or angry way, moving down the eyebrows together.
He read the telegram, frowning at its contents.
# scowl: frown angrily.
She was very angry and scowled at him while she talked.
# squint: look with eyes half shut or turned sideways, or through a narrow opening.
She squinted through the letter-box and saw an envelope.
# peek: look quickly and secretively.
She found her brother peeking at her diary.
# ogle: look or stare (at a woman) suggesting sexual interest.
Most women hate being ogled at.
# goggle: look with the eyes wide open in surprise or shock. (old-fashioned)
People were goggling at her as if she were from another planet.
# eyeball: look directly or closely.
Francis eyeballed a beautiful woman at the party.
# take a gander at something: (informal) look at something.
# cast an eye on/over something: look at something, examine something.
# browse: look through the pages of a book or magazine; look at the goods in a shop without really wanting to buy anything.
Sheila spent all the afternoon browsing the boutiques.
# scrutinize: examine thoroughly and carefully.
John scrutinized the painting at the museum.