Meaning of “look ahead” in the English Dictionary

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"look ahead" in British English

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look ahead

phrasal verb with look uk /lʊk/ us /lʊk/ verb

C2 to think about what will happen in the future and plan for these events:

We are trying to look ahead and see what our options are.

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  • I'm trying not to look ahead to what will happen when he dies.
  • Meteorologists are trying to look ahead to plan.
  • We need to look ahead to decide how to expand our business.
  • The house is big enough for us now, but we're looking ahead.
  • They never seem to look ahead.

(Definition of “look ahead” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"look ahead" in American English

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look ahead

phrasal verb with look us /lʊk/ verb

to think of and decide about the future:

We need to look ahead to when the children are grown.

(Definition of “look ahead” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"look ahead" in Business English

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look ahead

phrasal verb with look uk /lʊk/ us verb [ I ]

[ I ] to think about what will happen in the future and plan for these events:

Businesses need to look ahead, and decide where they are going to place their investments.

(Definition of “look ahead” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)