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- (transitive) To follow with the eyes; to look in the direction of (someone or something departing). [from 10th c.]
- (transitive, now regional) To seek out, to look for. [from 14th c.]
- 1695, John Woodward, “(please specify the page)”, in An Essay toward a Natural History of the Earth: And Terrestrial Bodies, Especially Minerals: […], London: […] Ric[hard] Wilkin […], →OCLC:
- My subject does not necessarily oblige me to look after this water, or point forth the place whereunto 'tis now retreated.
- 1775, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Duenna, II.4:
- I have sent my intended husband to look after my lover […] .
- 1893, Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance:
- If they are not married, they should be looking after a wife.
- (transitive, also reflexive) To care for; to keep safe. [from 14th c.]
- He asked me to look after his daughter while he was away.
- 2022 January 12, Paul Bigland, “Fab Four: the nation's finest stations”, in RAIL, number 948, page 27:
- The station is clearly well looked after, making it a worthy gateway to the resort.
- 2022 April 6, “Network News: Booze ban continues as part of move to prioritise women's safety”, in RAIL, number 954, page 6:
- "And I thought: if muggins here, a 37-year-old government minister who can look after myself, feels that way, then we need to really think about how we're putting in place a level of protection for women.
- (transitive) To have as one's business; to manage, be responsible for. [from 16th c.]
- (transitive, obsolete) To expect, look forward to. [14th–18th c.]
to watch, to protect