look up Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “look up” in the English Dictionary

"look up" in British English

See all translations

look up

informal
phrasal verb with look uk   us   /lʊk/ verb
C1 to ​becomebetter: I ​hope things will ​start to ​look up in the new ​year. Our ​financialsituation is ​looking up at last.
(Definition of look up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"look up" in American English

See all translations

look up

phrasal verb with look  us   /lʊk/ verb

look up (IMPROVE)

to get ​better; ​improve: I ​hope things will ​start to look up in the new ​year.
(Definition of look up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"look up" in Business English

See all translations

look up

informal
phrasal verb with look uk   us   /lʊk/ verb [I]
[I] to become better: In the ​financesector things are looking up.
(Definition of look up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “look up”
in Chinese (Simplified) 改善,好转…
in Turkish iyileşmek, düzelmek, gelişmek…
in Russian улучшаться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 改善,好轉…
in Polish poprawiać się, mieć się ku lepszemu…
What is the pronunciation of look up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by ,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some are new to our

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More