eye1 S1 W1
one of the two parts of the body that you use to see with:
for seeing withHBH [countable]
He's got brown eyes and a cheerful smile.
There were tears in her eyes as she listened to the story.
Ow! I've got something in my eye!
Jessica's eyes sparkled with excitement.
close/shut your eyes
He yawned, closed his eyes again, and turned over.
Emily opened her eyes.
drop/lower your eyes (=to look down)
have/keep etc your eyes glued to something (=to be watching something with all your attention)
Winifred sat with her eyes glued to the television screen.
Clark's eyes narrowed as he saw the man approaching.
Louise's eyes widened.
All eyes were immediately turned on (=everyone looked at) Henry.
I've got an eye test (=a test to check how well I can see) tomorrow.
blue-eyed/one-eyed/bright-eyed etc➔ wide-eyed
a brown-eyed girl
a particular way of seeing, judging, or understanding something:
way of seeing/understanding[countable usually singular]
Go through your shopping list with a critical eye for foods with a high fat content.
with the eye of somebody
The magazine combines the accuracy of the scientist with the eye of the artist.
to somebody's eye(s)
The picture quality, to my eye, is excellent.
through the eyes of somebody (=from the point of view of a particular person)
The story is told through the eyes of a refugee child.
in the eyes of somebody (=according to a particular person or group)
Carl could do no wrong in the eyes of his parents.
to look after someone or something and make sure that they are safe:
Mary will keep an eye on the kids this afternoon.
We keep a watchful eye on our elderly neighbors.
to carefully watch everything that someone does, especially because you do not trust them:
We want Taylor in jail where we can keep an eye on him.
when you look directly at someone at the same time as they are looking at you:
People who are lying tend to avoid eye contact.
In a formal interview, try to maintain good eye contact with the interviewers.
to be watching someone or something at the same time that you are doing something else:
Louise was stirring the soup with half an eye on the baby.
to want something that you think might become available:
He has his eye on the bigger apartment next door.
if you can see something with the naked eye, you can see it without using any artificial help such as a telescope or microscope
with the naked eye
It's just about possible to see the planet with the naked eye on a clear night.
visible/invisible to the naked eye
Dust mites are tiny creatures, invisible to the naked eye.
9 also (right) in front of your eyes especially spoken
if something happens before your very eyes, it happens where you can clearly see it:
The murder had apparently taken place before our very eyes.
to be unable to stop looking at someone or something, especially because they are extremely interesting or attractive:
She looked stunning. I couldn't take my eyes off her all evening.
while being watched by someone who is making sure that you behave properly or do something right:
We went to dances, but only under the watchful eye of our father.
to look at something quickly:
She cast her eye over the front page of the paper.
to see something or meet someone, especially for the first time:
I loved that house from the moment I clapped eyes on it.
to watch carefully so that you will notice when someone or something appears:
Keep an eye out for rabbits in the field.
if you do something with an eye to doing something else, you do it in order to make the second thing more likely to happen:
Most novels are published with an eye to commercial success.
to ignore something or pretend that you do not know it is happening:
Most governments know that we're heading for an environmental catastrophe but they shut their eyes to it.
to be good at noticing a particular type of thing, especially something attractive, valuable, of good quality etc:
Ernest has an eye for detail.
She's definitely got a good eye for a bargain.
to watch carefully and continuously for something
keep your eyes peeled/skinned for
She stumbled along, keeping her eyes peeled for a phone box.
knowing fully what the problems, difficulties, results etc of a situation might be:
I've no-one to blame but myself - I went into this deal with my eyes open.
to be able to do something very easily:
Believe me, you could run that place with your eyes closed.
to look at someone in a way that shows you think they are sexually attractive:
Don't look now, but that guy over there is really giving you the eye.
if you have an eye for the main chance, you will take advantage of any possible opportunity to get what you want - used to show disapproval
23 British English spoken
something that will annoy someone or give them a disadvantage - used especially when you think this is a good thing:
This latest judgement will definitely be one in the eye for the fast food corporations.
the idea that if someone does something wrong, you should punish them by doing the same thing to them:
An eye for an eye is no way to run a civilised justice system.
used to say that something is secret and must only be seen by one particular person or group:
The information is for police eyes only.
to know what is happening all around you, even when this seems impossible:
We'll have to be really careful - old Jonesey has eyes in the back of his head.
27 British English informalDS
to practise or to continue practising an activity so that you become good at it
to notice every small detail or everything that is happening, and therefore be very difficult to deceive:
We never got away with anything in Mrs. Podell's class - she had eyes like a hawk.
29 British English especially spoken
to be very surprised, shocked, or excited by something you see
30 British English informal
to be very busy doing something:
He's up to his eyes in paperwork.
used to say that you have taken more food than you are able to eat
if someone only has eyes for someone, they love and are interested in that person only
33 old-fashioned spoken
used to say that you do not believe something
used to say that everyone is looking at someone or something:
All eyes were on the speaker, and nobody noticed me slip into the hall.
used to say that a lot of people are paying attention to a particular person or situation:
For the time being, all eyes are on the White House.
35 American English spoken
used to show that you do not believe what someone is saying
the eye of the camera is the way that you appear in photographs:
Fashion models are completely comfortable with the eye of the camera.
the hole in a needle that you put the thread through
a small circle or U-shaped piece of metal used together with a hook for fastening clothes
for fastening clothes[countable]
the calm centre of a storm such as a hurricane
a dark spot on a potato that a new plant can grow from
➔ bird's-eye view, black eye, Catseye, private eye, red eye