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lookup

or look-up

[ look-uhp ]
/ ˈlʊkˌʌp /
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noun

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

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Origin of lookup

1945–50 for an earlier sense; noun use of verb phrase look up
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British Dictionary definitions for lookup

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
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 lookup

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]

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