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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from an unrecorded Old English glimsian

glimpse

2 verb
     
glimpse2 [transitive]
1 to see someone or something for a moment without getting a complete view of them [= catch sight of]:
I glimpsed a figure at the window.
see usage note glance1
2 to begin to understand something for a moment:
For the first time she glimpsed the truth about her sister.
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glance, glimpse
glance (verb) means 'to look quickly and deliberately' and a glance is the act of quickly looking at someone or something I glanced at my watch. She gave me an amused glance.glimpse (verb) means 'to see something or someone by chance for a very short time' and a glimpse is a sight that you see by chance for a very short time I glimpsed someone behind the curtain. We got a glimpse of her face as she hurried past.See also glance

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