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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theylook through
he/she/itlooks through
present participlelooking through
past tenselooked through
past participlelooked through
  1. 1
    look through something to read something quickly, especially to find the information you need

    I've just been looking through your cookery books for inspiration.

  2. 2
    look through something to search for something among a lot of other things

    I'll look through these files and see if I can find a copy of my CV.

  3. 3
    look through someone to not recognize, or to pretend not to recognize, someone who you know
    look straight/right through someone:

    I saw Angela this morning, but she looked straight through me.

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