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  1. (idiomatic, transitive) To show respect or admiration for.
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Surely there are bird colonels and experienced combat leaders in today's Army whom the cadets could look up to and learn from.
I used to deliver milk to her house on my milk round, and sometimes I'd look up to her bedroom window and she'd be there watching for me.
Little did she realise that a month later, she would be asleep on the sofa and look up to see him staring her in the face.
I feel a few gentle taps on the top of my head, and look up to see a man looking down at me.
My step-father on the other hand is the paragon of a father figure and someone I can look up to as a role model.
Red coralroot orchids, pale irises, white-flowered thimbleberry, and tanoak look up to madrones that would be the giants of any other forest.

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