look forward to
- to eagerly await something
- to be excited about something that is going to happen
- the term can also be used in its literal form
- I am looking forward to seeing my best friend next weekend. I have not seen him for six months.
- Jane always looks forward to taking official tours.
- We are all looking forward to our holiday in Mauritius. We can’t wait to swim with the dolphins.
- They are looking forward to meeting up with their family over the weekend.
- I am looking forward to the new Avengers movie that will be released soon.
- He is looking forward to his wedding day.
- I look forward to seeing the letter you have sent to me.
The exact origin of the phrase is not known. However, the word “look” comes from old English. The phrase “to look forward” has been in use since 1200s. However, in the context meaning “anticipate” it has only been used since 1600; especially “anticipate with pleasure” being used only since the 1800s.
Technically the phrase is “I look forward” looking forward means that you are facing forward. However, people use “looking forward to” in an informal manner. If you are using the phrase in a more formal setting you will say “I look forward to”. For example, when ending an email, you will say: “I look forward to hearing from you”.
The phrase “looking forward to” is more popular, but it should only be used as a casual expression – while “look forward to” is the formal version of the phrase.
- wait for
- hope for
- long for
- be hopeful of
- think likely