look forward to

look forward to

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To anticipate, expect, or wait for, especially with a feeling of approval or pleasure. Be excited or eager to.
    • 1794 November 19, George Washington, speech, ''George Washington's Sixth State of the Union Address,
      When we call to mind the gracious indulgence of Heaven by which the American people became a nation; when we survey the general prosperity of our country, and look forward to the riches, power, and happiness to which it seems destined, with the deepest regret do I announce to you that during your recess some of the citizens of the United States have been found capable of insurrection.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus,
      I love Elizabeth and look forward to our union with delight.
    • 1895, Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,
      Then a passionate celibacy is all that any of us can look forward to.
    • 1909 May 18, Gilbert Newton Lewis and Richard Chace Tolman, The Principle of Relativity, and Non-Newtonian Mechanics, in Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 44: 709–726,
      To such verification, however, we may look forward with reasonable confidence, for Einstein has deduced from the principle of relativity, together with the electromagnetic theory, a number of striking consequences which are remarkably self-consistent.
    • 1961 January 17, Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech, ''Eisenhower's farewell address,
      Now, on Friday noon, I am to become a private citizen. I am proud to do so. I look forward to it.
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