Meaning of “look sth up” in the English Dictionary

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"look sth up" in British English

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look sth up

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

B1 to try to find a piece of information by looking in a book or on a computer:

If you don't know what the word means, look it up in a dictionary.

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  • How can you look the word up if you don't know how to spell it?
  • The software looks up words automatically.
  • Does anybody look up slang words in the dictionary?
  • I had to look up the word 'possession' to check how to spell it.
  • You could try looking him up in a dictionary of biography.

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

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