lookup

or look-up

[ loo k-uhp ]
/ ˈlʊkˌʌp /

noun

an act or instance of looking something up, as information in a reference book or an online database.

Origin of lookup

1945–50 for an earlier sense; noun use of verb phrase look up

Definition for look up (2 of 2)

Origin of look

before 900; (v.) Middle English lōk(i)en, Old English lōcian; cognate with Middle Dutch lœken, akin to dialectal German lugen to look out; (noun) Middle English loke act of looking, glance, countenance, derivative of the v.

SYNONYMS FOR look

1 See watch.
6 See seem.
16 gaze, glance.
17 appearance, air.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for look up (1 of 2)

look up

verb (adverb)

(tr) to discover (something required to be known) by resorting to a work of reference, such as a dictionary
(intr) to increase, as in quality or valuethings are looking up
(intr foll by to) to have respect (for)I've always wanted a girlfriend I could look up to
(tr) to visit or make contact with (a person)I'll look you up when I'm in town

British Dictionary definitions for look up (2 of 2)

look
/ (lʊk) /

verb (mainly intr)

noun

sentence connector

an expression demanding attention or showing annoyance, determination, etclook, I've had enough of this

Word Origin for look

Old English lōcian; related to Middle Dutch læken, Old High German luogen to look out

usage for look

See at like 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with look up (1 of 2)

look up

1

Search for in a book or other source, as in I told her to look up the word in the dictionary. [Late 1600s]

2

Call on or visit, as in I'm going to look up my friend in Chicago. [Mid-1800s]

3

Become better, improve, as in Business is finally looking up. [c. 1800]

4

look up to. Admire, respect, as in The students really looked up to Mr. Jones. [Early 1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with look up (2 of 2)

look

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.