Meaning of “look after sb/sth” in the English Dictionary

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"look after sb/sth" in British English

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look after sb/sth

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

A2 to take care of or be in charge of someone or something:

We look after the neighbours' cat while they're away.
If you look after your clothes they last a lot longer.
Don't worry about Mia - she can look after herself.

More examples

  • I need someone dependable to look after the children while I'm at work.
  • It was becoming increasingly apparent that he could no longer look after himself.
  • It was a bit silly of him to ask a complete stranger to look after his luggage.
  • This pen should last (you) a lifetime if you look after it.
  • I think looking after her elderly mother is quite a drain on her energy .

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