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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 watch or protect; to keep safe.
    He asked me to look after his daughter while he was away.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To expect.
    • Bible, Luke xxi. 26
      Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To seek or search for.
    • Woodward
      My subject does not oblige me to look after the water, or point forth the place where to it is now retreated.
    • 1893, Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance
      If they are not married, they should be looking after a wife.

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