18 verbs which express the way of looking at things:
You look at a picture, person, thing, etc. because you want to.
You see something without planning to.
You watch TV, a movie, or something that happens for a period of time.
spot : to notice or recognize someone or something that is difficult to see.
catch a glimpse of something/somebody : to see something or someone, but only for a short time.
make something out : to see something, but only with difficulty.
catch sight of somebody/something : to suddenly see someone or something:
witness : to see something bad happen, especially an accident or a crime.
glance : to look at someone or something for a short time and then look quickly away.
peek : to quickly look at something, especially something you are not supposed to see.
peer : to look very carefully, especially because you cannot see something well.
stare : to look at someone or something for a long time, especially without blinking your eyes.
gaze : to look at someone or something for a long time, often without realizing that you are doing it.
gape : to look at something for a long time, usually with your mouth open, because you are very shocked or surprised.
ogle : to look at someone in an offensive way that shows you think s/he is attractive.
gawp: (Brit) Look with amazement; look stupidly
rubberneck : to look around at something such as an accident while you are driving or walking past.