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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylook for
he/she/itlooks for
present participlelooking for
past tenselooked for
past participlelooked for
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  1. 1
    look for someone/something to search for someone or something
    I’m looking for Jim. Have you seen him?
    The police were looking for clues as to the woman’s identity.
  2. 2
    [usually progressive]look for someone/something to hope to get something that you want or need
    He was looking for work as a builder.
    We are looking for a partner in a new business venture.
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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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