Learn 10 English Phrasal Verbs with Look

Jan 20, 2016 | 6 comments

Has anyone ever asked you, “Who do you look up to the most?” Did you feel stuck? In English we have many phrasal verbs with look and that question includes one of them. 

Since phrasal verbs are essential for English communication, I want to help you use 10 common phrasal verbs with look.

For example:

  • Look for
  • Look up
  • Look over
  • Look through
  • Look around
  • And several more!

With a little practice, you can immediately add these phrasal verbs to your vocabulary! After you review this lesson, I’ve got a little quiz for you to practice. You can share your answers with me in the comments below.

10 English Phrasal Verbs with Look

Look over

When she heard the loud crash, she looked over her shoulder to see what happened.

I will look over the proposal this afternoon and respond to you with my edits. Is that okay?

He looked himself over to be certain his suit was appropriate and professional for the interview.


  1. to direct or move one’s gaze in a specific direction or at a specific thing
  2. to examine or inspect something
  3. to examine or inspect someone carefully

Look after

Our neighbors will look after the dog while we are on vacation. He (the dog) should be fine because he knows the neighbor children very well – they walk him during the summer months.

I will look after your house and water your garden while you are away.


  1. to take care or to be responsible for someone/something

Look around

After looking around the house for an hour, I still couldn’t find my phone! Where could it be?

She went into the store to look around quickly. She hopes to find a great deal on a new sweater.


  1. to investigate or to study a place with your eyes

“To become more advanced and fluent in the English language, then yes, phrasal verbs are essential. Phrasal verbs are common in everyday life for English speakers.

Look up

Hey – look up at the stars! It is so clear tonight!

I haven’t seen Susan for years! I will look her up on Facebook to see if I can find her.

If you don’t know the meaning of the word, look it up in the dictionary.

After two months of unemployment, I finally have several job interviews. Things are starting to look up for me!


  1. to turn or direct your gaze upwards
  2. to seek or to search for someone
  3. to search for information about something or someone in a book or list of information
  4. to begin improving or recovering from a negative situation

Look away

I always look away during violent scenes in films. I really hate watching violence!


  1. to turn one’s gaze away from someone or something

Look into

Thank you for contacting us. We will look into the problem and respond with a solution before the end of the day.

We would like to go on vacation to the United States but we need to look into the price of plane tickets first to make sure it is within our budget.

She looked into (or looked in) the cupboard to see if there was any cereal left but it was all gone.


  1. to investigate something
  2. to turn one’s gaze toward the inner part of a room or space

Look up to

I really look up to my older sister. She always works hard and never gives up. I admire that about her.


  1. to admire and respect someone

Look for

I’m looking for my keys. Have you seen them?

Look for big news to come on Monday next week!!


  1. to search for something or someone
  2. to expect or anticipate something

Look out

Look out! The steps are really icy.

I love to look out the windows in my office to watch the sunset.


  1. to warn; to be watchful or careful
  2. to turn one’s gaze outward from inside a place or space

Look through

Have you ever looked through a telescope? Did you see anything interesting?

Could you look through this proposal? I want to make sure I’ve included all the details.


  1. to gaze or peer through something
  2. to review or to search through something quickly

Phrasal Verbs with Look – Practice

Can you fill in the missing preposition using the context of these example phrases?

Choices for prepositions: after, around, up, away, into, up to, for, out, through

  1. If you could only name one person, who do you look ___________  most in this world? Why?
  2. I’ve looked _____________ my purse but I can’t find my keys anywhere inside.
  3. I was so embarrassed so I looked _________ . I was afraid I would see him laughing at me.
  4. Have you seen my school books? — No, you’ll have to look ___________ your room.
  5. Should we see if Susan can look __________ the cats while we’re away?
  6. Please look ________ the phone number and call to make a reservation for dinner tonight.
  7. Have you looked __________ making your flight arrangements?
  8. Do you have time to look __________ my presentation notes? I don’t want to forget anything.

From this list, did you learn any new phrasal verbs? Which ones?

The best way to grow your vocabulary and remember new words is to create your own example sentence! Choose 2 or 3 of the phrasal verbs from this list and share your own example sentence. It is best to use a real-life example. Think about your day: did you look up anything? Did you look for someone? Share your examples in the comments section below and I will be sure to respond to you.

Have a great week!


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