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look for

Definition of look for

  1. 1 :  to try to find (someone or something) :  to search for (someone or something) <We had to wait while he looked for his keys.> <She's looking for a new job.> <His taste is—what's the word I'm looking for?—I know, “eclectic.”>

  2. 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.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make sure or take care (that something is done)

    :  to ascertain by the use of one's eyes

    :  to exercise the power of vision upon :  examine

  1. :  the act of looking

    :  glance

    :  the expression of the countenance

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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