lookup

noun
look·​up | \ ˈlu̇k-ˌəp How to pronounce lookup (audio) \
variants: or look-up

Definition of lookup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act, process, or instance of looking something up (as in a reference work or listing) dictionary lookups a price look-up

look up

verb
looked up; looking up; looks up

Definition of look up (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of lookup in a Sentence

Verb be sure to look me up if you're ever in town by the next morning, the skies had begun to clear and we were looking up
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Whereas before, lookups and responses traveled only over port 53, the new system randomized the port-number lookup requests used. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "DNS cache poisoning, the Internet attack from 2008, is back from the dead," 12 Nov. 2020 Also currently, a receipt or item lookup using a credit card is required in most instances. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Bed Bath & Beyond coupons: What shoppers need to know about the 20% discount amid a new round of store closings," 22 Sep. 2020 Also currently, a receipt or item lookup using a credit card is required in most instances. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Bed Bath & Beyond coupons: What shoppers need to know about the 20% discount amid a new round of store closings," 22 Sep. 2020 State officials have a polling place lookup website and an online database for all Illinois election boards, which voters can use to check their polling places. Kelli Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Planning to vote in person this year? What Illinois voters should know before heading to the polls.," 7 Oct. 2020 Also currently, a receipt or item lookup using a credit card is required in most instances. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Bed Bath & Beyond coupons: What shoppers need to know about the 20% discount amid a new round of store closings," 22 Sep. 2020 Also currently, a receipt or item lookup using a credit card is required in most instances. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Bed Bath & Beyond coupons: What shoppers need to know about the 20% discount amid a new round of store closings," 22 Sep. 2020 Also currently, a receipt or item lookup using a credit card is required in most instances. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Bed Bath & Beyond coupons: What shoppers need to know about the 20% discount amid a new round of store closings," 22 Sep. 2020 Check your county supervisor of elections website or use this Voter Information lookup tool to find your nearest polling place. CBS News, "How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election?," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This allows prosecuting attorneys to look up previous jailhouse informant activities before putting a potentially unreliable witness on the stand. Mike Hansen And John Kingrey, Star Tribune, "Burrell case exposes need for reform of jailhouse snitch prosecutions," 28 Dec. 2020 Does anyone still need to look up the abbreviation PPE? Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "From COVID to curbside, 2020 changed our vocabulary too," 28 Dec. 2020 After connecting with the voice in his pocket, things begin to look up. Sarah Madaus, SELF, "The 21 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix Right Now," 25 Dec. 2020 Although the Broad does not tell people the number of cycles involved in their test, Lennon agreed to look up mine—35.5. Will Knight, Wired, "I Tested Positive for Covid-19. What Does That Really Mean?," 11 Dec. 2020 But, if the storm goes as a planned and the skies are clear tonight, be sure to look up or at the horizon to catch this natural phenomenon! Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "The Northern Lights Could Be Visible Across Areas in the Northern U.S. Tonight," 10 Dec. 2020 Providers such as pharmacies and doctor's offices will also need to be able to look up records, so people do not have to return to the same place for their second shot. Arkansas Online, "States ramp up for biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history," 12 Nov. 2020 Providers such as pharmacies and doctors' offices will also need to be able to look up records, so people do not have to return to the same place for their second shot. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "'The cavalry is coming': States ramp up for the biggest vaccination effort in US history," 12 Nov. 2020 Just before Auburn went into the break, things started to look up for the cornerbacks. Giana Han, al, "Auburn cornerbacks continue competing with each other," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lookup

Noun

1948, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of lookup was in the 14th century

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7 Dec 2020

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“Lookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lookup. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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