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v. looked, look·ing, looks
a. To employ one's sight, especially in a given direction or on a given object: looking out the window; looked at the floor.
b. To search: We looked all afternoon but could not find it.
a. To turn one's glance or gaze: looked to the right.
b. To turn one's attention; attend: looked to his neglected guitar during vacation; looked at the evidence.
c. To turn one's expectations: looked to us for a solution.
3. To seem or appear to be: look morose.
4. To face in a specified direction: The cottage looks on the river.
1. To turn one's eyes on: looked him in the eye.
2. To convey by one's expression: looked annoyance at the judge; looked his devotion to me.
a. To have an appearance of conformity with: He looks his age. She dressed up to look the part.
b. To appear to be: looked the fool in one version of the story.
a. The act or instance of looking: I took just one look and I was sure.
b. A gaze or glance expressive of something: gave her a mournful look.
a. Appearance or aspect: a look of great age.
b. looks Physical appearance, especially when pleasing.
c. A distinctive, unified manner of dress or fashion: the preferred look for this fall.
Phrasal Verbs:
look after
To take care of: looked after his younger brother.
look for
1. To search for; seek: looking for my gloves.
2. To expect: Look for a change of weather in March.
look into
To inquire into; investigate: The police looked into the disturbance.
look on (or upon)
To regard in a certain way: looked on them as incompetents.
look out
To be watchful or careful; take care: If you don't look out, you may fall on the ice. We looked out for each other on the trip.
look over
To examine or inspect, often in hasty fashion: looked over the proposal before the meeting.
look to Usage Problem
1. To expect or hope to: He looked to hear from her within a week.
2. To seem about to; promise to: "an 'Action Program,' which ... looked to reduce tariffs on over 1,800 items" (Alan D. Romberg).
look up
1. To search for and find, as in a reference book.
2. To visit: look up an old friend.
3. To become better; improve: Things are at last looking up.
look a gift horse in the mouth
To be critical or suspicious of something one has received without expense.
look alive/sharp Informal
To act or respond quickly: Look alive! We leave in five minutes.
look down on/upon
To regard with contempt or condescension.
look down (one's) nose at/on
To regard with contempt or condescension.
look forward to
To think of (a future event) with pleasurable, eager anticipation: looking forward to graduation.
look in on
To visit: I look in on my grandparents each weekend.
look the other way
To deliberately overlook something: knew the student was cheating but decided to look the other way.
look up to
To admire: looked up to her mother.

[Middle English loken, from Old English lōcian.]
Usage Note: When followed by an infinitive, look often means "expect" or "hope," as in The executives look to increase sales once the economy improves or I'm looking to sell my car in July. In our 1997 survey, the Usage Panel was divided almost evenly on this usage, with 52 percent of the Panelists finding it acceptable and 48 percent rejecting it. In 2008, 55 percent rejected it, suggesting that resistance is not eroding, at least not for use in more formal contexts. The usage has an informal flavor and is popular among sports writers: The Spartans are looking to improve their offensive production. The Cubs look to continue their dominance of their division.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

look after

look for
1. 'look after'

If you look after someone or something, you do what is necessary to keep them healthy, safe, or in good condition.

She will look after the children during their holidays.
You can borrow my laptop as long as you look after it.
2. 'look for'

If you look for someone or something, you try to find them.

Were you looking for me?
He looked for his shoes under the bed.
Collins COBUILD English Usage © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 2004, 2011, 2012
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.look for - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
dredge, drag - search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
finger - search for on the computer; "I fingered my boss and found that he is not logged on in the afternoons"
fumble, grope - feel about uncertainly or blindly; "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
divine - search by divining, as if with a rod; "He claimed he could divine underground water"
surf, browse - look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular; "browse a computer directory"; "surf the internet or the world wide web"
leave no stone unturned - search thoroughly and exhaustively; "The police left no stone unturned in looking for the President's murderer"
hunt - seek, search for; "She hunted for her reading glasses but was unable to locate them"
gather - look for (food) in nature; "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"
want - hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
scour - examine minutely; "The police scoured the country for the fugitive"
seek out - look for a specific person or thing
quest after, quest for, go after, pursue - go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby"
fish, angle - seek indirectly; "fish for compliments"
grub - search about busily
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
browse, shop - shop around; not necessarily buying; "I don't need help, I'm just browsing"
2.look for - be excited or anxious aboutlook for - be excited or anxious about    
await, expect, wait, look - look forward to the probable occurrence of; "We were expecting a visit from our relatives"; "She is looking to a promotion"; "he is waiting to be drafted"
quail at, apprehend - anticipate with dread or anxiety
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


1. To direct the eyes on an object:
Idiom: clap one's eyes on.
2. To try to find something:
3. To have the appearance of:
Idiom: strike one as (being).
phrasal verb
look after
To have the care and supervision of:
Idioms: keep an eye on, look out for, take care of, take under one's wing.
phrasal verb
look for
To look forward to confidently:
anticipate, await, bargain for (or on), count on, depend on (or upon), expect, wait (for).
Informal: figure on.
phrasal verb
look in
To go to or seek out the company of in order to socialize:
Idiom: pay a visit.
phrasal verb
look into
To go into or through for the purpose of making discoveries or acquiring information:
phrasal verb
look on or upon
To have the face or front turned in a specific direction:
phrasal verb
look out
To be careful:
Idioms: be on guard, be on the lookout, keep an eye peeled , take care.
phrasal verb
look over
To view broadly or from a height:
phrasal verb
look up
To go to or seek out the company of in order to socialize:
Idiom: pay a visit.
1. An act of directing the eyes on an object:
2. A disposition of the facial features that conveys meaning, feeling, or mood:
3. An outward appearance:
4. The way something or someone looks:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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w>look for

vi +prep obj
(= seek)suchen; he’s looking for troubleer wird sich (dat)Ärger einhandeln; (actively) → er sucht Streit
(= expect)erwarten
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


(luk) verb
1. to turn the eyes in a certain direction so as to see, to find, to express etc. He looked out of the window; I've looked everywhere, but I can't find him; He looked at me (angrily).
2. to seem. It looks as if it's going to rain; She looks sad.
3. to face. The house looks west.
1. the act of looking or seeing. Let me have a look!
2. a glance. a look of surprise.
3. appearance. The house had a look of neglect.
ˈlook-alike noun
a person who looks (exactly) like someone else; a double. the prince's look-alike.
having a certain appearance. good-looking; strange-looking.
looks noun plural
(attractive) appearance. She lost her looks as she grew older; good looks.
ˌlooker-ˈon noun
a person who is watching something happening; an onlooker.
ˈlooking-glass noun
a mirror.
ˈlookout noun
1. a careful watch. a sharp lookout; (also adjective) a lookout post.
2. a place from which such a watch can be kept.
3. a person who has been given the job of watching. There was a shout from the lookout.
4. concern, responsibility. If he catches you leaving early, that's your lookout!
by the look(s) of
judging from the appearance of (someone or something) it seems likely or probable. By the looks of him, he won't live much longer; It's going to rain by the look of it.
look after
to attend to or take care of. to look after the children.
look ahead
to consider what will happen in the future.
look down one's nose at
to regard with contempt.
look down on
to regard as inferior. She looks down on her husband's relations.
look for
to search for. She lost her handbag and wasted ten minutes looking for it.
look forward to
to wait with pleasure for. I am looking forward to seeing you / to the holidays.
look here!
give your attention to this. Look here! Isn't that what you wanted?; Look here, Mary, you're being unfair!
look in on
to visit briefly. I decided to look in on Paul and Carol on my way home.
look into
to inspect or investigate closely. The manager will look into your complaint.
look on
1. to watch something. No, I don't want to play – I'd rather look on.
2. (with as) to think of or consider. I have lived with my aunt since I was a baby, and I look on her as my mother.
look out
1. (usually with for) to watch. She was looking out for him from the window.
2. to find by searching. I've looked out these books for you.
look out!
beware! take care!.
look over
to examine. We have been looking over the new house.
look through
to look at or study briefly. I've looked through your notes.
look up
1. to improve. Things have been looking up lately.
2. to pay a visit to. I looked up several old friends.
3. to search for in a book of reference. You should look the word up (in a dictionary).
4. to consult (a reference book). I looked up in the encyclopedia.
look up to
to respect the conduct, opinions etc of. He has always looked up to his father.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

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The sufferer told him the whole circumstance, and says, 'Now yonder's the hole, and if you don't believe me, go and look for yourself.' So this fellow went and looked, and comes back and says, "How many did you say you put in there?' 'Not any less than two tons,' says the sufferer.
With a multicolored hair twisted up in a long triangular bun to sparkling, blushing cheekbones, this makes up for a fun look for the Halloween party.
"As long as there's a hard market and insurance companies look for ways to off-load risk, facultative reinsurance will be a tool that insurers continue to use," Stone said.
Look for crafty details on pieces like a baseball-cut tee, then pair with a suede skirt, trendy leggings and a charm key-chain on your belt loop.
Once we solve this equation and have obtained a slope and intercept for each student, we then can use the slopes and intercepts to look for relationships with other variables.
I look for a body intelligence, a way of moving that speaks eloquently, I look for that through improvisation.
When I am making a portrait, I look for spontaneous body language, references to the work the subject might be doing and, most important, symbolic clues offered by the environment in which I find them.
AC: What does Mobil Travel Guide look for in a potential four or five-star facility?
We visited places like junkyards to look for ideas for the characters and the movie's setting.
The solution, Reich says, is to look for commonality and repeatability in the components.
Maybe I should try something similar over in another application." It encourages people to look for different approaches.