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

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

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 company is hoping that users will find the feature makes looking up information faster within a conversation. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "SwiftKey for Android is getting search built into the keyboard," 29 Nov. 2018 Despite the iconic image of the superstar coming down outside of the arena, the people of Cleveland will still be able to look up inside of it and see his handiwork: 2016 NBA Champions. The Heat Index, azcentral, "LeBron James billboard in Cleveland to come down this week," 2 July 2018 Think about what your character would enjoy eating and look up online free recipes. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Summer vacation is no time to stop learning," 15 June 2018 The best way to check is to look up your router on the manufacturer’s website and read notes about its firmware releases. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Your Wi-Fi Security Is Probably Weak. Here’s How to Fix That.," 13 June 2018 Cline was drunk on the second floor of the casino about 10:30 p.m. when a security guard saw him bend down to look up a waitress' skirt, according to police. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Avon cop now charged with assault in drunken fight with Jack Cleveland Casino security guard," 25 Apr. 2018 In Germany, Deutsche Bahn, the state rail giant, once looked up to as a paragon of quality and efficiency in Europe, is increasingly under attack in the country’s press for its dirty, late trains. The Economist, "European state rail firms face scrappy new competitors," 28 June 2018 One such flash caused me to look up from my watching of the metallic dung beetles. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "For hunters, South Texas colors a feast for the senses," 3 May 2018 Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama Things are looking up for Bradley Cooper of A Star Is Born and Rami Malek of Bohemian Rhapsody, both who portrayed singers for their nominations. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See if Your 2019 Golden Globe Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 5 Jan. 2019

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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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