2014년 4월 11일 금요일

Dic: look to V


  • We are not looking to make a fortune.
  • I look to hear from you soon. 
  • He's looking to get rich.
  • We're looking to buy a new car early next year.
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If you looking to do something, you are aiming to do it.
to expect, hope, or plan (to do sth).
be looking to do sth: [informal] to be planning or expecting to do something

.... COBUILD, COLLINS, LDOCE

CF. [Usage Problem]
  1. To expect or hope to: He looked to hear from her within a week.
  2. To seem about to; promise to: "an 'Action Program,' which ... looked to reduce tariffs on over 1,800 items" (Alan D. Romberg).
Usage Note: The phrasal verb look to has recently developed the meanings “expect to” and “hope to,” as in [:] 
  • The executives look to increase sales once the economy improves [or] 
  • I'm looking to sell my car in July. 
In a recent survey, the Usage Panel was divided almost evenly on this usage, with 52 percent of the Panelists finding it acceptable and 48 percent rejecting it. Of those rejecting this usage, a small number volunteered that they would find it acceptable in informal speech, and in fact the divided response of the Panel may be due in part to the informal flavor of this phrase.
.... The American Heritage

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