What does ‘look’ mean?

The word ‘look’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to glance at a particular thing or to seem/appear.​

For example:

  • Look at my new shoes! They are ruined. (glance)
  • It looks as though my date isn’t going to show. (seem/appear)

Look is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is looked.

phrasal verbs with look

Phrasal verbs with ‘look’ include:

  • Look after (take care of)​
  • Look at (focus attention)​
  • Look away (turn your focus away)​
  • Look back (review)​
  • Look down on (treat someone as inferior)​
  • Look for (search for)​
  • Look forward to (be excited about)​
  • Look in on (visit briefly)​
  • Look into (investigate)​
  • Look on (watch without participating)​
  • Look out (be careful)​
  • Look out for (keep watch)​
  • Look over (examine)​
  • Look round (explore)​
  • Look through (search for)​
  • Look to (hope to do something)​
  • Look up (search for information)​
  • Look up to (admire)
phrasal verbs with look

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘look’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with look - look after
phrasal verbs with look - look at
phrasal verbs with look - look away
phrasal verbs with look - look back
phrasal verbs with look - look down on
phrasal verbs with look - look for
phrasal verbs with look - look forward to
phrasal verbs with look - look in on
phrasal verbs with look - look into
phrasal verbs with look - look on
phrasal verbs with look - look out for
phrasal verbs with look - look out
phrasal verbs with look - look over
phrasal verbs with look - look round
phrasal verbs with look - look through
phrasal verbs with look - look to
phrasal verbs with look - look up
phrasal verbs with look - look up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with look below.

idioms with verbs – LOOK

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with look, how about learning the idioms with look too?