Phrasal verbs with look
Look after (someone or something)
Meaning: to take care of someone or something
Example: Brian always looks after his parents’ dogs when they go abroad.
Meaning: to think about the future
Example: When I look ahead I see is settling down together.
Meaning: avert your eyes
Example: Sue looked away when a nurse was drawing her blood.
Look back on
Meaning: to think of past events
Example: When I look back on my childhood I get emotional.
Look down on (someone)
Meaning: to consider someone or something as of less value
Example: John is looked down on by his peers because he comes from a modest family.
Meaning: to seek, search for
Example: Maggie is looking for the perfect wedding dress.
Look forward to (something)
Meaning: to feel excited about something that is going to happen
Example: I’m looking forward to meeting my brother’s girlfriend.
Look into (something)
Meaning: to investigate something
Example: I looked into my finances because I was spending too much money.
Meaning: to be careful
Example: You should always look out when you cross the street.
Look (something) over
Meaning: to examine or inspect
Example: My boss instructed me to look the budget over and make some cuts.
Meaning: to read something quickly
Example: Amelia looked through her notes before the exam.
Meaning: to search for, for example in a dictionary
Example: I look up words that I don’t know in a dictionary.
Look up to (someone)
Meaning: to admire someone
Example: Johnny looks up to his older brother, who is very successful.
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