Look for VS Look up

Ali1002

Member
Joined
Sep 11, 2017
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Persian
Home Country
Iran
Current Location
Iran
Hi there! I can't realize the difference between "Look for" with "Look up", Could you give me an explanation, please?
 

Rover_KE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jun 20, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
England
Current Location
England
Let's consider 'look for' first.

Please write a complete sentence showing us how you think 'look for' may be used.
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Hi there! I can't [STRIKE]realize[/STRIKE] tell/understand the difference between "look for" [STRIKE]with[/STRIKE] and "​look up". Could you give me an explanation, please?

Note my corrections above. We look forward to seeing your example sentence.
 

Ali1002

Member
Joined
Sep 11, 2017
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Persian
Home Country
Iran
Current Location
Iran
Note my corrections above. We look forward to seeing your example sentence.

Thanks for editing! For example in this sentence, "I'll go to D,C and look for/up my friend".
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Thanks for editing! For example in this sentence, "I'll go to DC (no comma) and look for/up my friend." [The period ("full stop" in British English)
ends the quoted sentence, so it should go inside the quotation marks.]
In this sentence, look for means to search. You probably don't know where your friend lives or how to find that information. This is a much less likely situation nowadays than it would have been before the web and social media made it so easy to find most people.

By contrast, look up means you have contact information and you're planning to contact your friend and get together.
 
Last edited:
Top