Quick answer
"Look after" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "cuidar", and "look for" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "buscar". Learn more about the difference between "look after" and "look for" below.
look after(
look
 
ahf
-
tuhr
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to take care of)
a. cuidar
Oscar looks after patients in the hospital.Oscar cuida a los pacientes del hospital.
b. cuidar de
Juliana looks after orphaned bats for a local animal charity.Juliana cuida de murciélagos huérfanos para una organización benéfica local de animales.
c. velar por
There were commandos taking turns looking after the security of the building.Había comandos que se turnaban para velar por la seguridad alrededor del edificio.
d. atender
Marta looks after the hotel's guests.Marta atiende a los huéspedes del hotel.
2. (to keep watch on)
a. vigilar
Please, look after the children while I pay at the cashier's.Por favor, vigila a los niños mientras pago en la caja.
b. cuidar
My cousin is looking after the house for me while I'm away on business.Mi primo me está cuidando la casa mientras ando fuera de negocios.
3. (to manage)
a. encargarse de
My sister looks after the shoe store on Tuesdays.Mi hermana se encarga de la zapatería los martes.
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look for(
look
 
fawr
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to seek)
a. buscar
Will you help me look for my glasses?¿Me ayudas a buscar mis lentes?
2. (to hope for)
a. esperar
I was looking for some recognition for my contributions to the project.Esperaba algún reconocimiento por mi aporte al proyecto.
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