General Writing and Grammar Help/Look FOR - look UP

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Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "to look FOR a word in a dictionary" and "to look UP a word / to look a word UP in a dictionary"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is there a difference between "to look FOR a word in a dictionary" and "to look UP a word / to look a word UP in a dictionary"?

*** They mean the same thing.

OTHER EXAMPLES OF LOOK FOR/UP --

When I go home, I intend to LOOK FOR/UP my high school friends.

Because the print is so small, it is difficulty to LOOK FOR/UP numbers in the telephone directory.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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