look up
verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to cheer up <
look up—things are not all bad
>
2. to improve in prospects or conditions <
business is looking up
>
transitive verb 1. to search for in or as if in a reference work <
look up an address
>
2. to seek out especially for a brief visit <
look me up when you're here
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • look up — {v.} 1. {informal} To improve in future chances; promise more success. * /The first year was tough, but business looked up after that./ 2. To search for; hunt for information about; find. * /It is a good habit to look up new words in a dictionary …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • look up — {v.} 1. {informal} To improve in future chances; promise more success. * /The first year was tough, but business looked up after that./ 2. To search for; hunt for information about; find. * /It is a good habit to look up new words in a dictionary …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • look up — look (someone) up to visit someone. Look me up the next time you re in Los Angeles. I hope you ll look up my niece while you re in Pittsburgh …   New idioms dictionary

  • look up — [v1] research come upon, confirm, discover, find, hunt for, peruse, scan, search for, seek, seek out, track down; concepts 72,216 Ant. wing it look up [v2] improve advance, ameliorate, come along, convalesce, gain, get better, mend, perk up, pick …   New thesaurus

  • look up — ► look up 1) improve. 2) search for and find (a piece of information) in a reference work. 3) informal make social contact with. Main Entry: ↑look …   English terms dictionary

  • look up — phrasal verb Word forms look up : present tense I/you/we/they look up he/she/it looks up present participle looking up past tense looked up past participle looked up 1) [transitive] to try to find a particular piece of information by looking in a …   English dictionary

  • look up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you look up a fact or a piece of information, you find it out by looking in something such as a reference book or a list. [V n P] I looked your address up in the personnel file... [V P n (not pron)] Many people have to look up… …   English dictionary

  • look up — v. (d; intr.) to look up to ( to respect ) (children look up to their parents) * * * [ lʊk ʌp] (d; intr.) to look up to (children look up to their parents; to respect ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • look up — verb a) To look in an upwards manner We stayed up late to look up at the stars. b) To have a bright future Things started looking up after Jim moved back in with his parents. See Also: look up to, lookup …   Wiktionary

  • look up — UK US look up Phrasal Verb with look({{}}/lʊk/ verb [I] INFORMAL ► [I] to become better: »In the finance sector things are looking up …   Financial and business terms

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