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

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