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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Synonyms & Antonyms for lookup

Synonyms: Verb

brighten, buck up, cheer (up), lighten, perk (up)

Antonyms: Verb

darken, sadden

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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

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 The table lookup and LFSR step are performed for each byte of data in the sector, and the result is output as the original video data. Victor C. Clarke, WIRED, "DVD Hacking for Dummies," 1 June 2001 This has been designed to reduce the need for password reset or lookup, Quallich said. Ann Norman, cleveland.com, "Medina City School District debuts new online student information system," 6 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Russell Wilson looks up from his mixed fruit bowl and past the replica Lombardi Trophy displayed in his corner office high above downtown Seattle. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 Hough looked up to see the bear slumbering in the tree. Alina Hartounian, chicagotribune.com, "Margarita-loving bear takes a dip in a California hot tub," 3 July 2018 Hundley looked up at the checkerboard of surveillance monitors just in time to see the tail lights of the fleeing Taurus. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "The story of one Anchorage car theft — as told by both the victim and the thief," 1 July 2018 When Milwaukee Brewers leadoff hitter Brad Miller hit a two-out single to center field, Harvey looked up toward the sky in frustration. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Matt Harvey's start, Jose Peraza's slam lead Cincinnati Reds to win over Milwaukee Brewers," 1 July 2018 Then, look up the current value of your car using an online pricing guide like Kelley Blue Book. cleveland.com, "Should you fix up or break up with your car?," 5 May 2018 Obama looked up, appearing slightly startled by the reaction. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Where Is Barack Obama?," 24 June 2018 Engage with volunteer team of the month, Prep League Hoop Champions, Putnam Science Academy, always community leaders giving youth someone to look up to. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 29 May 2018 For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the night sky and tracked the motion of the celestial bodies overhead. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Uranus’s Astrological Transit Into Taurus Means for Your Finances," 10 May 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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