look after

look 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.]
    • 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 […] .
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To expect, look forward to. [14th–18th c.]
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Luke 21:26 ↗:
      Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.
  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.]

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.003
Offline English dictionary