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.
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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

See at like 1
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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


In addition to the idioms beginning with look

  • look after
  • look a gift horse in the mouth
  • look alive
  • look as if butter wouldn't melt
  • look askance
  • look back
  • look before you leap
  • look black
  • look blank
  • look daggers
  • look down on
  • look for
  • look forward to
  • look in on
  • look into
  • look like
  • look like a million dollars
  • look like death
  • look like something the cat dragged in
  • look like the cat that ate the canary
  • look on
  • look on the bright side
  • look out
  • look out for
  • look over
  • look sharp
  • look sideways at
  • look someone in the face
  • look the other way
  • look through rose-colored glasses
  • look to
  • look to one's laurels
  • look up
  • look up and down
  • look up to
  • look who's talking

also see:

  • (look on the) bright side
  • dirty look
  • make someone look good
  • take a look at
  • things are looking up
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