look·​up | \ˈlu̇k-ˌəp \
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

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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


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

Soranet’s servers bounced around over the years, including to the US, according to domain lookups and Korean officials. Shawn Musgrave, The Verge, "How ICE used an obscure rule to pursue the owners of a Korean porn site," 27 Sep. 2018 Still, giving a single company power over your domain registration, certificates, authoritative DNS services, DNS lookups, and CDN delivery might just be a tad disconcerting to some. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Cloudflare gets into registrar business with wholesale domains and free privacy," 28 Sep. 2018 Hackers can retrieve the information by running a simple script that uses WiFi networks to determine location with Google’s geolocation lookup services. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "How to Keep Google Home and Chromecast From Giving Hackers Your Location," 20 June 2018 How to check which vehicles have Takata air bags The NHTSA has an online lookup tool where drivers can enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to determine if any safety or recall issues affect your vehicle. CBS News, "Takata air bags recall expands to 3.3 million vehicles," 7 Jan. 2018 The online dictionary explains its word of the year sheds light on topics that spark the nation's interest as measured by a significant increase in lookups compared to past years. Editors, USA TODAY, "Southern spotlight: The U.S. Senate seat with national implications," 12 Dec. 2017 The online dictionary said the word of the year sheds light on topics that sparked the nation's interest and is chosen by measuring which words had a significant increase in lookups compared to years past. Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY, "Merriam-Webster names 'feminism' as its word of the year," 12 Dec. 2017 Kim baffled many with his word choice (translated from Korean to English), prompting head-scratching and mass dictionary lookups. Dartunorro Clark, NBC News, "A ‘Dotard’ Wouldn’t Know What it Means. Do You?," 22 Sep. 2017 Rather than picking a specific word that reflects on the year as a whole, the editors rank top terms based on which ones had a spike in lookups on its website. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Merriam-Webster Picks "Culture" as Its Word of the Year," 15 Dec. 2014

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The bookish young Kennedy looked up to these charismatic figures, and a happy childhood with friends in the neighborhood offers a particular lens on his jurisprudence. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "With Justice Kennedy Gone, It's Trump's Court Now," 28 June 2018 Authorities used the photo to look up the vehicle’s owner and compared it to witness descriptions. Washington Post, "Boy tells police that driver shot family in road rage run-in," 15 June 2018 American sailors on the destroyers Cushing and Laffey looked up to find Adm. Abe’s flagship, the battleship Heiei, sailing directly at them. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How SF’s namesake ship survived a World War II ‘suicide’ mission," 9 June 2018 An entire generation of Little Leaguers in the Pacific Northwest who look up to the likes of Nelson Cruz, James Paxton and Dee Gordon have never seen the Mariners in contention like this on the cusp of summer's arrival. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "NCAA softball live updates: Washington vs. Florida State in Women's College World Series championship series," 4 June 2018 What Musab believes will most help to encourage more startups, however, is a series of success stories that young people can look up to. Eoghan Macguire, CNN, "Can Kuwait's delivery heroes inspire startup scene?," 2 June 2018 And then there will be a pause on stage as TV cameras jockey for position below, and Romeo uses the brief break to look up at one of the two giant projector screens that have been displaying the ceremony to the crowd. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Romeo Langford picks Indiana over Kansas, Vanderbilt; a state rejoices," 30 Apr. 2018 International touring vet Microwave Dave is an Alabama blues legend, as well as being someone many other top local musicians look up to. Matt Wake, AL.com, "Is Huntsville's music landscape set for radical change?," 20 Apr. 2018 Watts, a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather looked up to as a pillar of his Glenville neighborhood, died on March 29, seven weeks after the attack in the driveway of his home on East 99th Street. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cleveland man, 81, who died weeks after protecting his wife during attack died of natural causes, officials say," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lookup


1948, in the meaning defined above


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

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