look after



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look after (third-person singular simple present looks after, present participle looking after, simple past and past participle looked after)

  1. (transitive) To follow with the eyes; to look in the direction of (someone or something departing). [from 10th c.]
  2. (transitive, now regional) To seek out, to look for. [from 14th c.]
    • (Can we date this quote by Woodward and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      My subject does not oblige me to look after the water, or point forth the place where to it is 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.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To expect, look forward to. [14th–18th c.]
  4. (transitive) To care for; to keep safe. [from 14th c.]
    He asked me to look after his daughter while he was away.
  5. (transitive) To have as one's business; to manage, be responsible for. [from 16th c.]

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