look for

look for
verb
1. try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of (Freq. 50)
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The police are searching for clues

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They are searching for the missing man in the entire county

Syn: ↑search, ↑seek
Derivationally related forms: ↑seeking (for: ↑seek), ↑search (for: ↑search), ↑searcher (for: ↑search)
Hyponyms:
dredge, ↑drag, ↑finger, ↑grope, ↑fumble, ↑divine, ↑browse, ↑surf, ↑leave no stone unturned, ↑hunt, ↑gather, ↑want, ↑scour, ↑seek out, ↑quest for, ↑go after, ↑quest after, ↑pursue, ↑fish, ↑angle, ↑grub, ↑feel, ↑shop
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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The banks look for the check

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Sam cannot look for Sue

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They look for the water

2. be excited or anxious about (Freq. 3)
Syn: ↑anticipate, ↑look to
Derivationally related forms: ↑anticipative (for: ↑anticipate)
Hypernyms: ↑expect, ↑look, ↑await, ↑wait
Hyponyms: ↑apprehend, ↑quail at
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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'look after'
If you look after someone or something, you take care of them.

She will look after the children during their holidays.

It doesn't worry me who owns the club so long as it is looked after.

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'look for'
If you look for someone or something, you try to find them.

Were you looking for me, Miss Nicandra?

He looked for his shoes under the bed.

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look for [phrasal verb]
look for (something or someone)
1 : to try to find (someone or something) : to search for (someone or something)

We had to wait while he looked for his keys.

I've looked everywhere for my keys but I still can't find them.

She's looking for a new job.

look for a word in the dictionary

The police continue to look for the escaped prisoners.

His taste is–what's the word I'm looking for?–I know, “eclectic.”

— see also look 3 (above), 1
2 : to expect (something or someone)

We're looking for better days in the future.

Don't bother looking for me anytime too soon.

— often followed by to + verb

You can look for me to arrive around noon.

Economists are looking for the economy to improve in the next few months.

3 look for trouble informal : to act in a way that could cause violence or problems

I could tell that he was looking for trouble as soon as he came in.

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Main Entry:look

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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