look forward to (something)

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look forward to (something)

1. To anticipate something excitedly. I'm looking forward to visiting my family this Christmas—I haven't been home for the holidays in years! Thank you for calling me to schedule an interview. I look forward to it.
2. To consider, plan for, or be prepared for the future or some future event. Traditional publishers have to start looking forward to a digital future if they're going to survive. As soon as an election is over, we start looking forward to the next one.
See also: forward, look
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

look forward to something

to anticipate something with pleasure. I'm really looking forward to your visit next week. We all look forward to your new book on gardening.
See also: forward, look
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

look forward to

Eagerly anticipate, as in I'm looking forward to their visit, or Jim looked forward to the day when he could retire. [First half of 1700s]
See also: forward, look
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

look forward to

To think of (a future event) with pleasurable, eager anticipation: looking forward to graduation.
See also: forward, look
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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