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look up (1)

Meaning: to try to find out something by looking in a reference book or on a reference website

For example:

  • look sth up If you can't figure out what a word means, look it up in the dictionary.

  • look up sth Did you try looking up her number in the phone book?

Nouns often used as objects with
look up (1): word, meaning, telephone number, address, information

Quick Quiz:

In which book could you look up the names and dates of all the dynasties in Chinese history?
  1. a Chinese business directory
  2. a Chinese phone book
  3. an encyclopedia

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