4 Phrasal Verbs with “Look”

I’m looking for my car. Where did I park it?

Look for = Try to find a thing or person

  • I can’t find my keys! Can you help me look for them?
  • He doesn’t like his current job, so he’s looking for a new one.
  • I looked for you at the party last night, but I didn’t see you.

Look up = Try to find information

  • If you don’t know a word, you can look it up in the dictionary.
  • I’ll look up the store’s address on the internet.
  • I didn’t know the answer, so I looked it up in the book.

Look after = Take care of somebody or something

  • A babysitter is a person who looks after children.
  • Could you look after my dog this weekend?
  • We need somebody to look after our house while we’re traveling next year.

Look forward to = Be happy about something that will happen in the future

  • We’re really looking forward to the show – it will be great!
  • John hasn’t taken care of his teeth, so he isn’t looking forward to his dentist appointment.
  • I look forward to hearing from you. (<– this is a common phrase to finish a letter or e-mail)

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