The next word in our vocabulary boost series is LOOK. LOOK is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of view, observe, watch and see. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using LOOK.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Look like – have a similar appearance to

Look in the mirror – observe one´s own reflection

Look through something – review something extensively

Look towards the future – consider the future

Look into somebody’s eyes – look at someone attentively

Have/take a look – glance at something

Without a backward look – do something without a second thought

Have a look on your face – appear to have a certain feeling

Give someone the look – stare at someone angrily

Look at – observe

Look as if/though – seem to be

Look confused/puzzled/perplexed – seem to be lost

Look angry/sad/happy/amused/interested/cross/ill – seem + ADJECTIVE


Look as a noun:

The look of somebody – appearance

A look – the way of viewing something


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Look out – be careful

You should look out when you are crossing the street

Look around – take a look

My wife enjoys looking around shops, though she has no intention of purchasing anything

Look for – search for

I am looking for a new pair of shoes that are on sale

Look into – investigate

You ought to look into this topic thoroughly before starting the project

Look back – in hindsight

Looking back, I was very happy during my university days

Look up – try to find the meaning of a word

I had to look up the meaning of ´das Getränk´ 

Look through – revise something

He was looking through the report before the meeting with the clients

Look inside – take a peek into something

Let´s look inside the box and see what it is

Look forward to – be excited about

I am really looking forward to meeting up with my boyfriend later

Look after – take care of/care for

I am going to look after my mother while she is ill

Look up to – admire

I really look up to my father because of his work ethic

Look over – review

Look over your notes before the exam tomorrow

Look away – try not to look at

If I were you, I would look away during that seen in the movie




To learn how to use LOOK you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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