Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

look for - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theylook for
he/she/itlooks for
present participlelooking for
past tenselooked for
past participlelooked for
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  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.

    Synonyms and related words
  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.

  3. 3
    looking for trouble informal behaving in a way that is likely to get you involved in an argument or fight
See also main entry: look

unicorn

a start-up … whose value has reached more than one billion US dollars

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

crafternoon

an afternoon full of crafts

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog