Phrasal Verbs with LOOK

look after
to take care of someone or something
They hired a babysitter to look after the children.

look ahead
to think about what is going to happen in the future
I’m trying to look ahead at what might happen.

look around
to explore a place
Let’s look around the town this afternoon.

look at
to examine someone or something
I think the doctor should look at your swollen ankle.

look back
to think about something that happened in the past
I look back on that time with a lot of pride.

look for
to try to find something or someone
I’m looking for Tim. Have you seen him?

look forward to
to expect something with excitement
I’m looking forward to the weekend.

look in
to make a short visit
I will look in on you tomorrow.

look into
to examine; to try to get information about something
A committee has been set up to look into the problem.

look down on
to think that you are better than somebody
He looks down on people who haven’t been to college.

look on
to watch without getting involved
They simply looked on as he was attacked.

look out
to watch what is happening and be careful
Look out! There’s a car coming.

look out for
to try to make sure that someone is treated well
My brother always looked out for me when we were kids.

look up
to try to find a piece of information
If you don’t know what the word means, look it up in a dictionary.

look up to
to respect and admire
I’ve always looked up to my older sister.