The English phrasal verb LOOK FOR has the following meaning:
1. Look for = to search / to try to find
(transitive) When a person is searching for or trying to find someone or something. You often look for something when you have lost it or need it. A synonyms is to search. This phrasal verb is frequently used in a progressive tense.
- I’ve been looking for this book for years!
- John is looking for a new job.
- She has been looking for love in all the wrong places.
- Someone came to the office looking for you.
- She looked for her name on the list but couldn’t find it.
- I have spent an hour looking for my keys. I don’t know where they are.
- A: Can I help you?
B: Yes, I’m looking for some new shoes for work.
- Is this the magazine you were looking for?
- The detective is looking for clues to solve the case.
- He is looking for hidden treasure.
Look for – Summary Chart
Looking for trouble
Another use of looking for is in the expression: Looking for trouble.
Looking for trouble = to behave in a way that is likely to get you into trouble or in an argument or fight.
- I wouldn’t do that if I were you… you are just looking for trouble if you do it.