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look up to: meaning and explanation

If you look up to someone then you respect and admire them. If someone is your role model then you can say that you look up to them.

e.g. The staff look up to her because she works incredibly hard, not just because she is their boss.

e.g. I think William was a poor choice as team captain. None of the players look up to him.

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: North America

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About the sentence


Anymore in the sentence has the meaning any longer. It can be used as one word or two words (any more).

Micro-listening #2

Accent: Ireland

Micro-listening #3

Accent: Northern England


Extra practice

Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:

  • Who do you look up to and why?
  • Do you think it’s true that young people tend to look up to celebrities these days? What do you think of this?
  • Does anyone look up to you?

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