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phrasal verb [transitive]
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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
    [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.

  2. 2
    look for someone/something to search for someone or something

    I'm looking for Jim. Have you seen him?

    Police were looking for clues as to the woman's identity.

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a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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