- Make light of something; minimise.
“The author laughed off the unflattering review of his latest book.”
- Fire, dismiss, let go.
“Many factories have had to lay off workers.”
- Turn over pages quickly.
“Sophie leafed through a magazine in the waiting room.”
- Become known to the public unofficially (information).
“News of the planned merger leaked out before the end of the negotiations.”
- Omit; not mention.
“Tom’s name was left out of the report so he got no credit for his work.”
“You promised to come to the party, so don’t let me down!
- Lengthen (skirt, pants).
“The skirt is too short? We can have it let down for you if you like.”
“1 watched the floodlights light up the castle.”
“The screen lights up when you turn on a computer.”
- Stand in a row.
“The books were lined up neatly on the shelves.”
- Experience something and survive.
“My grandparents lived through two wars and learned to survive.”
- Make something livelier or more attractive.
“We’ve got to find a way to liven up the presentation somehow. “
log in/on (to)
- Access a program or database using a password.
“You need to log in to your account before you can use our services.”
- End access to a database.
“First log off the system and then turn off the computer.”
- Take care of.
“A baby sitter looks after the children when their parents go out.”
- Think of the future.
“Don’t keep thinking about the past . It’s time to look ahead and plan the future.
- Pay attention to something you see.
“Look at this picture of my grandfather when he was young.“
- Read in order to give an opinion.
“Have you got time to look at my business plan?”
- Examine closely.
“That’s a nasty bruise. You should ask a doctor to look at it.”
- Examine or study carefully.
“We are going to look at all possible options.”
- Turn your head away so as not to see.
“The scene was so horrible that I had to look away.“
look back on
- Remember the past.
“My parents and their friends like to look back on “the good old days”.”
look down on
- Consider as inferior.
“He tends to look down on anyone who is not successful.”
- Try to find something.
“Jane went shopping to look for an outfit for the wedding.”
look forward to
- Await or anticipate with pleasure.
“I look forward to seeing you next week-end.”
- Examine or investigate.
“Our after-sales service will look into the matter and call you back.”
- Be a spectator at an event.
“Billy didn’t take part in the fight. He just looked on. “
- Be careful; pay attention.
“Look out! There’s a car coming.”
- Examine; review.
“The editor will look over the article before it is published.
- Examine, usually quickly.
“I’ll look through my mail to see if I can find your message.”
look up to
“He was a wonderful teacher and many students looked up to him.”
- Be unsuccessful; suffer a loss.
“I’m the one who will lose out if our plan goes wrong.”
lose out on
- Miss or be deprived of something.
“I watched the documentary until the end so as not to lose out on anything.”
“Because I left before the end of the year I lost out on the annual bonus.”
lose out to
- Be less successful than another.
“Jose was called for an interview but he lost out to a candidate who spoke fluent English.”