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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylook after
he/she/itlooks after
present participlelooking after
past tenselooked after
past participlelooked after
  1. 1
    look after someone/something to take care of someone or something and make certain that they have everything they need

    It’s hard work looking after three children all day.

    be well looked after:

    You could tell that the car had been well looked after.

    1. a.
      be able to look after yourself to not need anyone else to take care of you
  2. 2
    look after something to be responsible for something

    an organization that looks after the interests of artists

    Who’s looking after the department while you’re away?

  3. 3
    look after something (for someone) to take care of something that belongs to someone else and make certain it is not damaged or stolen
  4. 4
    look after yourself British spoken used for saying goodbye to someone you know well
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