19 English Phrasal Verbs With 'LOOK'

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19 phrasal verbs with 'LOOK'

Look after

  1. Take care
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: Their auntie LOOKED AFTER them while their mother was in hospital.

Look back

  1. Think about the past
    (Intransitive | International English)
    » Example: Old people often LOOK BACK on over their lives.

Look down on

  1. Have a low opinion of
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: He LOOKS DOWN ON his colleagues because he thinks he's better than they are.

Look for

  1. Try to find
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I've been LOOKING FOR all their hidden files, but I can't find them anywhere.

Look forward to

  1. Wait for or anticipate something pleasant
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I'm LOOKING FORWARD TO meeting you.

Look in

  1. Make a quick visit
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I'll LOOK IN on my way home.

Look in on

  1. Visit briefly to see if everything's all right
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I'm going to LOOK IN ON grannie on the way home tonight as she's been a bit unwell recently.

Look into

  1. Research, investigate
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: We'll LOOK INTO the problem and come back to you when we have the information.

Look on

  1. Watch something like a crime without helping
    (Intransitive | International English)
    » Example: The crowd just LOOKED ON as the old lady was mugged.

Look on as

  1. Consider, regard
    (Separable [obligatory] | International English)
    » Example: I LOOK ON her AS a close friend.

Look out

  1. Be careful
    (Intransitive | International English)
    » Example: LOOK OUT; you're going to drop that!

Look out for

  1. Take care of someone, make sure someone is cared for
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: She LOOKED OUT FOR her sister when she started school.
  2. Keep alert and try to see
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: We we told to LOOK OUT FOR any suspicious behaviour.

Look over

  1. Inspect
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: They came to LOOK the house OVER with a view to buying it.

Look round

  1. Inspect a house
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: We LOOKED ROUND the house and decided that we didn't like it enough to buy it.

Look through

  1. Read quickly
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I LOOKED THROUGH the article.

Look to

  1. Expect, hope
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: The company is LOOKING TO increase its sales in Asia.

Look up

  1. Consult a reference work (dictionary, phonebook, etc.) for a specific piece of information.
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: I didn't know the correct spelling so I had to LOOK it UP in the dictionary.
  2. Improve
    (Intransitive | International English)
    » Example: The economy is LOOKING UP.
  3. Find, trace an old friend
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: I LOOKED him UP when I went back to Cambridge.

Look up to

  1. Respect
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: She's LOOKS UP TO her mother.

Look upon as

  1. Consider, regard
    (Separable [obligatory] | International English)
    » Example: I LOOK UPON him AS a close friend.

Take our Exercise on 'LOOK'

Quiz for Verb: 'To LOOK'

Choose the correct definition for each phrasal verb...

'Look out' means...

'Look out for' means...

'Look back' means...

'Look down on' means...

'Look after' means...

'Look forward to' means...

'Look round' means...

'Look on as' means...

'Look out for' means...

'Look over' means...

 

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