Quick answer
"Look up" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "levantar la vista", and "put up" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "levantar". Learn more about the difference between "look up" and "put up" below.
look up(
look
 
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to raise one's glance)
a. levantar la vista
My father looked up from the newspaper and said, "We're not going to the game, and that's that."Mi padre levantó la vista del periódico y dijo, "No vamos al partido y punto".
2. (to look at something from below)
a. mirar hacia arriba
Look up! There's Batman on the roof of that building!¡Mira hacia arriba! ¡Ahí está Batman en el techo de ese edificio!
3. (to improve)
a. mejorar
Things are looking up for me now that I have a job and an apartment.Las cosas están mejorando para mí ahora que tengo trabajo y un piso.
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
4. (to investigate)
a. buscar
What does this English word mean? - No clue. I'll have to look it up in the dictionary.¿Qué quiere decir la palabra en inglés "antidisestablishmentarianism"? - Ni idea. La tendré que buscar en el diccionario.
5. (to get in touch with)
a. visitar
If you ever find yourself in Nashville, don't hesitate to look me up.Si en algún moment te encuentras en Nashville, no dudes en visitarme.
b. buscar
I was stuck in O'Hare Airport, so I decided to look up an old friend who lived in Chicago.Estaba atorado en el aeropuerto O'Hare, así que decidí buscar a un viejo amigo que vivía en Chicago.
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put up(
poot
 
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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 erect)
a. levantar
The construction crews are putting up a lot of new apartment buildings.Los equipos de construcción están levantando muchos edificios de apartamentos.
b. poner
Somebody from the cable company came to take down the antenna our dad had put up years before.Alguien de la compañía de cable vino a desmontar la antena que nuestro padre había puesto hace años.
c. armar
The campers put up their tent and unpacked their backpacks.Los campistas armaron su tienda y desempacaron sus mochilas.
d. erigir
The townspeople paid to put up a monument in honor of the famous author.Los vecinos pagaron por erigir un monumento para honrar al famoso autor.
2. (to hang)
a. colgar
We put up Christmas decorations all over the house.Colgamos adornos navideños por toda la casa.
b. poner
Can you help me put up these large curtains in front of the windows?¿Puedes ayudarme a poner estas grandes cortinas delante de las ventanas?
3. (to increase)
a. aumentar
The transit authority had to put fares up this month to pay for renovations.Las autoridades de tránsito tuvieron que aumentar las tarifas este mes para pagar las renovaciones.
b. subir
Retailers have been putting prices up due to a world shortage of coffee.Las tiendas han estado subiendo los precios porque hay escasez de café en todo el mundo.
4. (to give accommodation to)
a. alojar
It's too late to drive tonight. We have an extra room and can put you up.Es demasiado tarde para conducir esta noche, tenemos un cuarto extra y podemos alojarte.
b. hospedar
Every other hotel in the city is full, but I found one that was able to put me up.Todos los demás hoteles de la ciudad están llenos, pero encontré uno en el que pude hospedarme.
5. (to present)
a. presentar
We put up a new plan for resolving the budgetary crisis before the city council.Presentamos ante el ayuntamiento un nuevo plan para resolver la crisis presupuestaria.
b. proponer
The party put up the senator as their presidential candidate.El partido propuso al senador como su candidato presidencial.
6. (to provide)
a. poner
The investors put up a lot of money for our company's overhead.Los inversionistas pusieron mucho dinero para los gastos generales de nuestra empresa.
b. aportar
They put up their house as collateral for the loan.Aportaron su casa como garantía prendaria.
7. (to offer)
a. ofrecer
The family has put up a $10,000 reward in the hope of catching the thieves.La familia ofreció una recompensa de $10,000 con la esperanza de atrapar a los ladrones.
b. oponer
The patient put up a great deal of resistance and had to be sedated.El paciente opuso un montón de resistencia y tuvo que ser sedado.
8. (to raise)
a. levantar
All of the children put up their hands when the magician asked for a volunteer.Todos los niños levantaron la mano cuando el mago pidió un voluntario.
b. subirse
He put up his collar against the wind.Se subió el cuello para protegerse del viento.
9. (to open)
a. abrir
The spectators were putting their umbrellas up because it was starting to rain.Los espectadores abrían sus paraguas porque estaba empezando a llover.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
10. (to stay)
a. alojarse
The couple put up in the bridal suite of the hotel.La pareja se alojó en la suite nupcial del hotel.
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