look after vs look for


look after vs look for
  To look after means to take care of or be in charge of something or someone.
  For example: "I often ask my mother to look after the children."
  To look for means to try to find something or someone.
  For example: "I am looking for my keys. Have you seen them?"
  ♦ !Note - Oh those pesky prepositions!

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  • look after vs look for —   To look after means to take care of or be in charge of something or someone.   For example: I often ask my mother to look after the children.   To look for means to try to find something or someone.   For example: I am looking for my keys. Have …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • look after - look for — ◊ look after If you look after someone or something, you take care of them. She will look after the children during their holidays. It doesn t worry me who owns the club so long as it is looked after. ◊ look for If you look for someone or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • look for — verb 1. try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of (Freq. 50) The police are searching for clues They are searching for the missing man in the entire county • Syn: ↑search, ↑seek • Derivationally related forms: ↑s …   Useful english dictionary

  • look for — Synonyms and related words: address, angle for, anticipate, approach, ask for, await, be destined, be fated, be imminent, be to be, be to come, beat about for, bid for, calculate on, canvass, come, come on, count on, court, delve for, dig for,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • look for — he s looking for a book about begonias Syn: search for, hunt for, try to find, seek, try to track down, forage for, scout out, quest for/after …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • look for — 1. Expect. 2. Search, seek, look after …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • To look for — Look Look (l[oo^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Looked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Looking}.] [OE. loken, AS. l[=o]cian; akin to G. lugen, OHG. luog[=e]n.] 1. To direct the eyes for the purpose of seeing something; to direct the eyes toward an object; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bob and Carol Look for Treasure — was the first story produced by the BBC as part of their Look and Read programme. The ten part serial was filmed, in September 1966, with the intention of being shown as part of the BBC s Merry Go Round series but was instead broadcast, between… …   Wikipedia

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  • Marcus Garvey: Look for me in the Whirlwind — is a 2001 television documentary. It was produced by Firelight Media for the PBS series American Experience. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican national who emigrated to the United States as a laborer in 1917 to… …   Wikipedia


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