look for


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v look for try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of "The police are searching for clues","They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
    • v look for be excited or anxious about
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Keep a look-out for the carriages Keep a look-out for the carriages
Bo-Peep looking for sheep Bo-Peep looking for sheep
For a minute they looked at each other For a minute they looked at each other
Looking for the king Looking for the king

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Charlie Chaplin once lost a contest for a Charlie Chaplin look a like
    • Look for to search for, to expect
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.”
  • Marquis de la Grange
    Marquis de la Grange
    “When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.”
  • Jane Austen
    “We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When looking for faults use a mirror, not a telescope”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Look well to this day, for it, and it alone is life.”


Look out for number one - If you look out for number one, you take care of yourself and your interests, rather than those of other people.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lócian, to look.


In literature:

But it is useless to look for sympathy in this world.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
We are looking for help.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
He seemed to be looking for somebody, for his glasses were constantly in use.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
They drew in sight of the ranch house without discovering what they were looking for.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Disappearance, for a living man, if clever people are looking for him, is impossible nowadays.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
He liked the boss or he would have told him to look for another man.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
When the book was missed, and her mother bothered about it, she listened serenely, and even helped to look for it.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
I shall begin to look for it soon, and I think I shall go out of my wits with joy when it comes.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
The captain, who was dressed, hurried up and looked for himself.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
They were evidently looking for Audrey.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
His heart pounding, Auguste was on his feet, looking for a weapon or for a place to hide.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
You go on and look for that bunch of strays, if you want to.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
You can tell him I've gone to look for the break.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
I'm not here looking for trouble; I'm here to fix this thing up.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
He had just arrived at the conclusion that he would abide by his next observation when the long-looked-for change began.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
She stood quite still, looking at him as if she were trying to find something, but did not know where to look for it.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
I'm out to make good, and I'm looking for you to help me.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
She looked for that sign of yielding they both hoped and prayed for.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
At last, the opportunity, so long looked-for, came.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
For a minute he let the pain look out of his eyes at her, looked for all the world as if he wanted her to help him.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell

In poetry:

"For you, the children of my love,
It was for you I died;
Behold my hands, behold my feet,
And look into my side.
"Hymn 21" by Isaac Watts
And he should look with reverent eyes
On Nature's ever-varying page;
Not solely are the wondrous skies
For schoolman and for sage.
"Not Bread Alone" by John Critchley Prince
All we possess
Is His—and all we hope for, His;
Pilgrims of earth, His holy name we bless,
And look to Heaven for peace and bliss.
"God always nigh" by John Bowring
And the earth had a brighter look for me,
For I saw with other eyes,
And a whisper rose up like some symphony
Spirit-sung in paradise.
"A Memory" by Alexander Anderson
Oh! that I could wed thee, love,
And live upon thy looks so dear;
And call thee mine for ever, love!
And see thee mine, for ever near.
"The Wish" by William Crafts
Yet somehow still I watch and wait
For him, as he once watched for me;
At every footstep near my gate
I look, his bounding form to see.
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard

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In science:

In our quest for a random matrix realization of the above free stable distributions we will look for hermitian 1 random matrix ensembles with the measure (2), such that the corresponding ρ(λ) coincides with the large N limit of the mean eigenvalue distribution.
Free Random Levy Matrices
These findings provide a new path for observing the localization of light, such as looking for mobility edge and studying the localized states.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization
We look for sufficient conditions on f for the existence of Lλ (f ) and we study what can be said about its value.
Classification on the average of random walks
The key for a search of symplectic ob jects is to look for ob jects which are close to be J -holomorphic.
Codimension one symplectic foliations
The first pair is needed for grouping operators and (as a side effect) selects the parent tree of the one we are looking for.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
If we approximate the boundary as the step function (∆ = 0 for z < 0 and ∆ = const for z > 0) then we are looking for stationary solution of equations (3), independently for negative and positive z , supplemented with the condition that matches the wavefunction at z = 0.
Quark scattering at QGP/2SC interface
Given the connectivity and thereby the radius R of the excluded volume, for each vertex we then only have to look for potential edges to vertices in the subboxes adjacent to the subbox where the vertex itself is located.
Random Geometric Graphs
The motivation of that work for looking for such a deformation was that, unlike in the ordinary case, translations of a noncommutative space form a noncommutative algebra .
Generalized Noncommutative Supersymmetry from a New Gauge Symmetry
Then we built the lightcurve for the observing period, looking for short high backgrounds intervals, but finding none.
The Galaxy Cluster RBS380: Xray and Optical Analysis
Already for about thirty years theoreticians look for a ”nice fundamental” theory, which reproduce the Standard Model at large distances or energies of the order of W-boson mass (roughly, the same 100 GeV).
String Theory or Field Theory?
To achieve this, we first look for a different representation of the original Cartan subalgebra, that gives the same root lattice as the original one (i.e., An−1 for the SU(p, q; C) algebra).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
For c > 1, it fails to be stable, and so we must look for another fixed point as the physical solution.
Random Graph Models with Hidden Color
In the present paper we look for a best bound on k which works for al l frames and al l source vectors x.
Frame expansions with erasures: an approach through the non-commutative operator theory
Here, in particular, we are looking for a local, geometrical ob ject (it should be the sectional curvature in the case of the geodesic flow) for Hamiltonian systems which should characterise instability, hyperbolicity of dynamical systems.
Geometry of Dynamical Systems
For multiply connected domains it is natural to look for an interaction A which is expressed in terms of domain functionals such as the Green function.
On Chordal and Bilateral SLE in multiply connected domains