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look forward to (something)

To excitedly anticipate something. 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.
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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.
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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]
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look forward to

To think of (a future event) with pleasurable, eager anticipation: looking forward to graduation.
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References in classic literature ?
An avaricious man, who might happen to fill the office, looking forward to a time when he must at all events yield up the emoluments he enjoyed, would feel a propensity, not easy to be resisted by such a man, to make the best use of the opportunity he enjoyed while it lasted, and might not scruple to have recourse to the most corrupt expedients to make the harvest as abundant as it was transitory; though the same man, probably, with a different prospect before him, might content himself with the regular perquisites of his situation, and might even be unwilling to risk the consequences of an abuse of his opportunities.
You are like a schoolboy already who is looking forward to his holidays.
Vronsky had put his name down, bought a thoroughbred English mare, and in spite of his love affair, he was looking forward to the races with intense, though reserved, excitement.
No doubt he was looking forward to the consummation of his martyrdom.
Oh, Marilla, looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them," exclaimed Anne.
Again, it's all about looking forward to the games coming up.
LEE GORTON: I am looking forward to building on the success we have enjoyed over the past couple of years by expanding our warehouse operations and putting more trucks on the road.
AS Kings Priory School prepares to open its doors for the first time, we asked sixth form students what they're most looking forward to about the merger.
Historians like looking back, I'm the type of guy who likes looking forward and looking forward to challenges that are there.
Reporter STEVE APPLEBY asked young people to give their thoughts on what they were looking forward to most, and what events they wanted to see.
I've missed over half of his life because of my service to the country,'' he said, looking forward to being reunited with the boy when he returns for his new assignment as an executive petty officer on the Coast Guard cutter Blackfin in Santa Barbara.
We're looking forward to making the NYARM Expo better than ever," says Matt Kovner, "with top-notch Continuing Education seminars for managers and supers, a limited number of exhibition booths, a food court and some very special prize drawings throughout the day.
We are looking forward to his arrival at Kettering and the expertise in University Advancement that he will bring to our campus.
Evening Telegraph reporter HELENA MARKOVIC asked pupils in Year 6 at Mount Nod Primary School, Greenleaf Close, Eastern Green, Coventry, what they would miss most about primary school and what they were looking forward to next year.
We're looking forward to finishing our job here and having a chance to defend again next year.