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look·​up ˈlu̇k-ˌəp How to pronounce lookup (audio)
variants or look-up
: an act, process, or instance of looking something up (as in a reference work or listing)
dictionary lookups
a price look-up

look up

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looked up; looking up; looks up

intransitive verb

: to cheer up
look up—things are not all bad
: to improve in prospects or conditions
business is looking up

transitive verb

: to search for in or as if in a reference work
look up an address
: to seek out especially for a brief visit
look me up when you're here

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
In the meantime, drivers can also confirm if their specific vehicle is included in this recall and find more information using the NHTSA site and/or Kia’s recall lookup platform. Wyatte Grantham-Philips, Chicago Tribune, 7 June 2024 Drivers concerned that their vehicle may be affected can check its safety by typing in their VIN using Nissan's and Infiniti's recall lookup tool. Kira Caspers, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2024
Integrating Joule horizontally will allow a manager to look up an employee’s compensation, which would be found in a HR application; but then, if the next question is about if there’s room in the budget to give this employee a raise, that’s a financial question. John Kell, Fortune, 6 June 2024 However, things are looking up, at least in the realm of early education. Jennah Pendleton, Sacramento Bee, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for lookup 

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Word History

First Known Use


1948, in the meaning defined above


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lookup. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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look·​up ˈlu̇k-ˌəp How to pronounce lookup (audio)
: the process or an instance of looking something up
especially : the process of matching by computer the words of a text with material stored in memory

look up

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: to seek for or out
look up a word in the dictionary
look up a friend
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