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look for (someone or something)

1. To search for someone or something. I'm looking for my sister—have you seen her? The neighbors are out looking for their dog yet again.
2. To pursue or seek something. Gerry has been looking for love in all the wrong places. Once he started saying all those harsh things, I knew he was just looking for a fight.
3. To anticipate or await something. Look for my card—I put it in the mail yesterday.
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look for someone or something

to seek someone or something. I am looking for Mr. William Wilson. Do you know where he lives? I am looking for the address of Bill Wilson.
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look for

1. Search for; also, seek out. For example, A search party was sent to look for the lost fliers, or Those kids are just looking for trouble. [Late 1500s]
2. Expect, anticipate, as in Look for a change of weather in March. [Early 1500s]
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look for

v.
1. To search for something or someone; seek something or someone: I was late because I was looking for my keys.
2. To hope for or expect something: Look for a change of weather in March.
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References in classic literature ?
Thedora declares that it would not be a bad thing if we were to remain in this tenement, since if we left it suspicions would arise, and our enemies might take it into their heads to look for us. On the other hand, I do not think it would be well for us to remain here.
Two hours and three quarters will carry us to Woodston, I suppose; we shall be in the carriage by ten; so, about a quarter before one on Wednesday, you may look for us."
The Moors who had arrived at the well, rightly guessing that we were lost, sent one of their company to look for us, whom we heard shouting in the woods, but durst make no answer for fear of the Galles.
"Clearly," said D'Artagnan, "we must go where they will not look for us. Now, they will be far from looking for us among the Puritans; therefore, with the Puritans we must go."
When my brother misses us, he and your charming niece will return to look for us in the cottage." Under cover of this arrangement the separation became complete.
My aunt is a stranger here, and she doesn't know where to look for us."
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