Phrasal Verbs with 'Look'

Look after

Take care

Example: Their auntie LOOKED AFTER them while their mother was in hospital.

Look back

Think about the past

Example: Old people often LOOK BACK on over their lives.

Look down on

Have a low opinion of

Example: He LOOKS DOWN ON his colleagues because he thinks he's better than they are.

Look for

Try to find

Example: I've been LOOKING FOR all their hidden files, but I can't find them anywhere.

Look forward to

Wait for or anticipate something pleasant

Example: I'm LOOKING FORWARD TO meeting you.

Look in

Make a quick visit

Example: I'll LOOK IN on my way home.

Look in on

Visit briefly to see if everything's all right

Example: I'm going to LOOK IN ON grannie on the way home tonight as she's been a bit unwell recently.

Look into

Research, investigate

Example: We'll LOOK INTO the problem and come back to you when we have the information.

Look on

Watch something like a crime without helping

Example: The crowd just LOOKED ON as the old lady was mugged.

Look on as

Consider, regard

Example: I LOOK ON her AS a close friend.

Look out

Be careful

Example: LOOK OUT; you're going to drop that!

Look out for

Take care of someone, make sure someone is cared for

Example: She LOOKED OUT FOR her sister when she started school.

Look out for

Keep alert and try to see

Example: We we told to LOOK OUT FOR any suspicious behaviour.

Look over


Example: They came to LOOK the house OVER with a view to buying it.

Look round

Inspect a house

Example: We LOOKED ROUND the house and decided that we didn't like it enough to buy it.

Look through

Read quickly

Example: I LOOKED THROUGH the article.

Look to

Expect, hope

Example: The company is LOOKING TO increase its sales in Asia.

Look up

Consult a reference work (dictionary, phonebook, etc.) for a specific piece of information.

Example: I didn't know the correct spelling so I had to LOOK it UP in the dictionary.

Look up


Example: The economy is LOOKING UP.

Look up

Find, trace an old friend

Example: I LOOKED him UP when I went back to Cambridge.

Look up to


Example: She's LOOKS UP TO her mother.

Look upon as

Consider, regard

Example: I LOOK UPON him AS a close friend.