Phrasal Verbs with Look
1. Look after
To take care of someone or something
- I need to find someone who can look after my dogs this weekend while I’m on holiday.
2. Look ahead
To think about and plan the future
- Let’s look ahead to next month’s projected sales figures.
3. Look around/round
Visit a place and see what is there
- Do you want to have a look around/round town this afternoon?
4. Look at
To consider or examine something, usually before making a decision
- We will have to look at all the proposals before coming to any decision.
To read something quickly
- Can you have a look at the notes I gave you last week?
To confront or face something
- He is looking at a large fine if he doesn’t comply with the court order.
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5. Look back
To think about something in the past
- When I look back on my childhood, I realise how lucky I was to not have any responsibilities.
6. Look down on
To consider someone inferior; to believe that you are better than someone else
- I hate the way that our boss looks down on us; she treats us as if we are less important than her.
7. Look for
Try to find or search for someone or something
- Can you help me look for my keys? I seem to have mislaid them.
8. Look forward to
To be excited about something that will happen in the future
- I am really looking forward to Christmas this year, as my family are coming to visit.
9. Look in on
To visit someone for a short time
- Look in on your grandmother on your way home to make sure she has everything she needs.
10. Look into
To investigate or find out more about something
- I don’t have that information to hand but I will look into it and get back to you.
11. Look on
To watch an event or an activity without taking part in it or getting involved
- I looked on as my friends danced around the room.
12. Look out
Warning someone to be careful or to be vigilant
- Look out! There is broken glass on the floor!
13. Look out for something or someone
Be vigilant; try to notice something or keep an eye out for something or someone in particular
- Look out for hummingbirds in the garden, they are often seen here.
14. Look out for someone
Take care of someone, protect them and make sure they are alright
- I have always looked out for my little sister.
15. Look over
Check or revise something, usually quickly
- Can you look over my thesis and tell me what you think I need to improve?
17. Look to
To rely on someone or something for help or advice
- We have always looked to our mother for guidance.
18. Look through
Examine or read something, usually briefly
- Can you have a look through this report before I hand it to the boss please?
19. To be looking up
Getting better or improving
- Our financial situation finally seems to be looking up.
20. Look something up
To search for information
- We can look up the restaurant’s address on the internet.
21. Look someone up
Go to visit someone; find an old friend
- Look me up if you are ever in Ireland!
22. Look up to someone
To admire or respect someone
- I have always looked up to my father.
23. Look upon/on someone or something
To consider or regard someone or something in a particular way
- I have always looked upon/on my mother as a friend.
24. Look away
To turn your eyes away from someone or something that gives a bad feeling such as fear, shame, pain, disgust or embarrassment
- I looked away as the doctor peeled the bandage off my arm.