If you look up the word ‘look’ in a good dictionary, you will end up finding close to thirty meanings. And this word, like many words in English, can function as both a noun and a verb. We, therefore, suggest you click on the link given at the end of this post to get to know all the meanings of this commonly used word. In this post, nevertheless, we have listed ten phrasal verbs with ‘look’ that we feel you ought to know as a learner of the English language. Also, we have stated all the meanings of the phrasal verbs and given several example sentences. So if you are ready, let’s begin!
Phrasal Verb #1
look after somebody/something
Meaning: to take care of somebody or something
- Could you look after the baby for a while? I need to go to the doctor’s.
- (Also reflexive) I can look after myself. Thank you.
- (As an adjective) I will ensure that your house is well looked after/taken care of. Don’t worry.
look after something
Meaning: to manage or to be responsible for dealing with or supervising something
- I would like to know who looks after/supervises the Accounts Department at your esteemed university.
- Isn’t it Mr Dave White who looks after/is responsible for overseeing the Ministry of Human Resource Development?
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Phrasal Verb #2
look around/round somewhere
Meaning: to explore a place or go around it
- Shall we look around/explore this supermarket? It seems interesting.
- We went to the US last year, but due to paucity of time, we couldn’t look around Las Vegas.
look around/round (almost always followed by for)
Meanings: (i) to find something by asking people or visiting different places (ii) to search (for something)
- We have been looking around/searching for a new house since January.
- He is looking around for a new job these days.
- Look around/Search for the keys in your room. I am sure you will find them there.
Phrasal Verb #3
Meaning: to observe an event without participating in it
- The car crashed into a tree as those passing by looked on.
- (often followed by in + noun) We looked on in wonder as the child performed those dance steps effortlessly.
Phrasal Verb #4
look upon/on something or somebody
Meaning: to regard someone or something in a particular way (usually followed by as).
- I look upon/regard/consider you as my younger brother.
- His aunt looked upon/regarded/considered us as her own children.
Phrasal Verb #5
look into something
Meaning: to examine or investigate
- Look into/Examine the matter before it is too late.
- The police are looking into/investigating the murder angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
Phrasal Verb #6
Meaning: to visit a person for a short time usually while on the way to a different place (often followed by on)
- We looked in/visited on Mr David while travelling to Goa.
- Can you look in/visit on our grandmother while going to Chennai?
Phrasal Verb #7
Meaning: to recall an event from the past (often followed by at or on)
- (As a participle) Looking back at what happened yesterday, I suppose I was at fault.
- When I look back on/call to mind my childhood, I am reminded of the games we played in the school playground.
Phrasal Verb #8
look forward to
Meanings: to feel pleased about something that is going to happen (followed by a noun or gerund)
- We are looking forward to your response.\
- I am looking forward to seeing you on Monday.
Phrasal Verb #9
look up something or look something up
Meaning: to search a book or computer to find a piece of information
- Could you look up the meaning of the word ‘asset’ in this dictionary?
- I don’t know how to solve these problems. I think I will have to look the answers up.
look somebody up or look up somebody
Meaning: to pay a visit to someone after a long time when you are visiting the place the person is in.
- We will have to look her up the next time we visit London.
- They didn’t care to look up my ailing wife when they had come here for the function.
Meaning: if a condition or situation is looking up, it is getting better (used in continuous tenses)
- The economy is looking up/is getting better at last.
- I’m sorry to say so, but your level doesn’t seem to be looking up/improving.
Phrasal Verb #10
look at something
Meanings: (i) to read something quickly (ii) to think about a subject carefully before arriving at a conclusion (iii) to examine (iv) to regard things in a particular way
- I would want her to look at/read my assignment before I head to school.
- I suggest you take your time and look wisely at/think wisely about the job offers you have.
- The doctor looked at/examined my throat and said I had developed an infection.
- Were I a girl, I might look at/consider things the way you do.
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