Phrasal Verbs with look
Look after means to take care of someone or something. This is often used with children, the elderly, and pet. Although it can be used with other nouns. “I need you to look after your sister.” “We have a great security team to look after the building.”
Look ahead means to plan ahead for something. This is used when someone is talking about planning for the future. It can be an hour in the future or 100 years into the future. “If we look ahead just 10 years into the future we can see that the country will be very different.” “We’ve looked ahead and believe that the company won’t survive for more than a few more months.
Look to refers to relying or asking someone else for advice or help. The person being looked to is usually a trusted source. Many people look to their parent or other family members for guidance. It is also possible to not look to someone for advice. “I like Bill, but he’s not someone I would look to for help.”
Look at means to consider or examine something. This phrase can be used for both objects and ideas. “Look at those birds over there.” Or, “We have to look at what the best strategy for moving forward is.”
Look back refers to thinking about something from the past. It can be about a person or a thing. “It’s important to look back at history, otherwise you are doomed to repeat it.” “Looking back on my younger days brings me joy.”
Look for means to search for someone or something. “We are going to keep looking until we find her.” Or, “can you please help me look for my keys”.
Look on refers to watching an event that you’re not participating (taking part) in. “His mom looked on from the stands as he played his game.”
Look out can be a warning to be careful. If someone sees danger ahead they may warn someone by saying “look out”. “Look out a car is coming” Or. “look out the floor is wet and you don’t want to slip.”
It can also mean to be the person or group of people who look for danger. If a team of people is entering a building in secret, one person may be on look out duty, to make sure the team is not snuck up on by someone they aren’t expecting. “ I’ll be on look out while you go in her office and grab the file”. In this case the person on look out would stand outside of the office to make sure no one comes in.
More Phrasal Verbs with Look
Look around means to visit a place and casually look at it. Before someone rents or buys a house they will look around before they decide if they want to live there.
Look down on means to believe that you are better than someone else or that they are beneath you. “I feel like she looks down on me. I never feel like I’m good enough when I’m around her. “We’re all equal team members, I don’t want anyone to feel like they are looked down on.”
Look in on means to visit someone or something for a short period of time. “Can you look in on the baby.” “I’m just going to stick my head in, and look in on the meeting real quick.“
Look into refers to investigating or finding out something. “The police are going to look into what happened.” “I have to look further into the company’s numbers from last quarter.”
Look over can mean to quickly review something. Before turning in a paper for school, it’s a good idea to look it over to make sure that there aren’t any mistakes. “I looked over the proposal before I handed it in.”
It can also mean that someone or something is not seen or ignored. “I had the perfect candidate in front of me, but I looked him over because I didn’t think he had enough job experience. I regret that now.”
Look through can also mean to review something quickly. “Make sure you look through everything to make sure it’s all there”.
It can also mean to look past one object to see what’s on the other side. This is commonly used with windows. If you look through the window into a house you can see what’s inside. “Look through the window, you can see the neighbor walking their dog.”