Look (up/down)

Look (up/down)

By Alena Lien, 

27 September 2020

Click below to get more information on each phrasal verb.



Look up



1.   When a situation becomes better or improves.


["look up"]



  • "I really hope things will start to look up in the new year."

  • "He was really struggling with the breakup, but now things are starting to look up."




2.   To search and find a piece of information - in a book, list, or computer.


You can also look for a person's name or information relevant to their name.


["look up"] + [something/someone]


["look"] + [something/someone] + ["up"]



  • "It's really easy to look words up online when I read ebooks."

  • "If you look up Marilyn Monroe, you'll see all the movies she was in."




3.   To visit or see someone.


["look up"] + [someone]


["look"] + [someone/pronoun] + ["up"]



  • "My dad likes to look up old friends when he travels to Malaysia."

  • "Look me up whenever you're in Melbourne."




4.   To admire and respect someone.


["look up to"] + [someone]



  • "They always looked up to their boss."





Look down



-   To think you're better than someone.


["look down on"] + [someone]



  • "Just because they disagree with you doesn't mean you can look down on them."