The words ‘see’, ‘look’ and ‘watch’ are often confused by students of English because they are so similar. Here are a few examples of each one to help you out.
Used for ‘meet’:
I’ll see you tomorrow.
Instead of ‘meet’ for animals:
I saw a nice dog on my walk.
Used to mean ‘watch’ but with a more casual feeling, indicating leisure:
I saw a great film yesterday.
Indicates action or change:
You have to watch the cake because it might burn in the oven.
Used for going to a location to observe something:
I’m going to watch the boats come in at the dock.
Like ‘look’ but with greater attention:
Watch this! I can juggle five balls.
Observe or read briefly:
I looked at the menu.
Make eye contact:
Please look at me when I’m talking to you.
She looks beautiful.