look up (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb 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?

a. a Chinese business directory

b. a Chinese phone book

c. an encyclopedia

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