Definition of look something up in English:

look something up

phrasal verb

  • Search for and find a piece of information in a book or database.

    ‘the translation process amounted to little more than looking up words in bilingual dictionaries’
    • ‘When was the last time you went to one of your own books and looked something up?’
    • ‘I needed to return some books and look something up on the internet.’
    • ‘I got out a drug book and looked it up, and from what I could read it said 50 mg was the maximum dose that should be given to an adult.’
    • ‘I can remember my schoolteacher telling me to look a word up in the dictionary.’
    • ‘Later on, I'd look the book up online and see what sort of reviews it received, and then decide whether or not to buy it online.’
    • ‘I have to confess that my English wasn't good enough to know the meaning of this word so I had to look it up in the dictionary.’
    • ‘This straightforward organisation makes it easy to look things up, cross-reference and navigate one's way through the book.’
    • ‘I tried to look it up in a drug reference book, but I could not find it.’
    • ‘I make a point of never looking recipes up in a book, it slows me down.’
    • ‘If one wanted some information about a subject, a staff member could look it up in an index and go retrieve the information.’