look up

Idioms & Phrases

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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: look to one's laurels
Next Definition: look up and down
Words Near: look up
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for look up
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing look up
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2015 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature