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

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 The Plus version costs $4 per month per line and adds caller ID, reverse number lookup, and additional nuisance call controls. Simon Hill, Wired, 6 Aug. 2022 The hack worked because the unique transaction assigned to each lookup was predictable enough that attackers could include it in fake responses. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 The Plus version costs $3.99 per month per line and adds caller ID, reverse number lookup, and additional nuisance call controls. Simon Hill, Wired, 12 Mar. 2022 The first step is to determine who the current owner and administrator of your domain is through what is known as a ‘WHOIS’ lookup. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2022 His background is unclear, but a domain lookup shows sergeydev[.]com is registered to a person in Poland named Sergey Bronovsky. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 23 Feb. 2022 The images use a domain name system leak detection service called dnslog.cn to see if the target cloud service is performing a DNS lookup. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 10 Dec. 2021 If the contact details aren’t clear, as might be the case with really old pages, one starting point is to check the web registration details through a WHOIS lookup. Matt Burgess, Wired, 3 Jan. 2022 The lookup volume for the word was high when coronavirus vaccines were first developed and rolled out across the country — but also increased amid debates around vaccination mandates. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One of the weird things was to look up into the sky. Jason Morris, SPIN, 11 Sep. 2022 Two of the officers appear to look up and say something back to the person who yelled. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2022 Two of the officers appear to look up and say something back to the person who yelled. Andrew Demillo, Chicago Tribune, 23 Aug. 2022 Two of the officers appear to look up and say something back to the person who yelled. Andrew Demillo, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Aug. 2022 Two of the officers appear to look up and say something back to the person who yelled. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 23 Aug. 2022 Two of the officers appear to look up and say something back to the person who yelled. Andrew Demillo, Chron, 23 Aug. 2022 Two of the officers appear to look up and say something back to the person who yelled. Andrew Demillo, ajc, 22 Aug. 2022 At 5 feet, 5 inches, Bolton sometimes had to look up at whoever was talking. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

3 Sep 2022

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“Lookup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lookup. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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