Meaning of “look at sth” in the English Dictionary

"look at sth" in British English

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look at sth

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

(THINK)

B2 to think about a subject carefully so that you can make a decision about it:

Management is looking at ways of cutting costs.

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  • We're looking at the feasibility of building a shopping centre there.
  • In this exercise, a word is blanked out and you have to guess what it is by looking at the context.
  • We looked at the job applications in two batches.
  • "Have you decided what to do?" "No, I'm still looking at the various possibilities."
  • I'm going to spend some time looking at my options before I decide to apply for the job.

(HAVE OPINION)

to consider something in a particular way:

If I'd had children I might have looked at things differently.

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  • It all depends on how you look at it.
  • She's always looked at life through rose-tinted glasses.
  • We agreed to look afresh at her original proposal.
  • I'd like to look at this question in some depth.
  • I realized I was looking at the problem from the wrong angle.

(READ)

B2 to read something in order to check it or form an opinion about it:

Can you look at my essay sometime?

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  • I looked at the sales figures.
  • Can you look at these figures?
  • I need to look at the weather forecast.
  • Can you look at my spelling, please?
  • She asked me to look at her letter to see if it was forceful enough.

(EXAMINE)

B2 If someone, usually an expert, looks at something, they examine it:

Did you get the doctor to look at your knee?

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  • I asked the doctor to look at the rash.
  • We'll need to get an engineer to look at the bridge.
  • We can ask an accountant to look at the tax implications.
  • A neurologist will be looking at the scans.
  • Barry has agreed to look at the noise in my car.

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

"look at sth" in Business English

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look at sth

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

to think about something carefully so that you can make a decision about it:

Management is looking at ways of cutting costs.

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

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