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overlook

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verb over·look \-ˈlu̇k\

Simple Definition of overlook

  • : to fail to see or notice (something)

  • : to pay no attention to (something)

  • : to not consider (someone) for a job, position, promotion, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overlook

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to look over :  inspect

  3. 2 a :  to look down upon from above b :  to rise above or afford a view of

  4. 3 a :  to look past :  miss b :  ignore 1 c :  excuse 2

  5. 4 :  superintend, oversee

  6. 5 :  to look on with the evil eye :  bewitch

Examples of overlook in a sentence

  1. The detective overlooked an important clue.

  2. Such a crime should not be overlooked.

  3. The quarterback was overlooked by other teams.

  4. the mountains that overlook the village

  5. We rented a suite that overlooks the lake.



14th Century

First Known Use of overlook

14th century

Synonym Discussion of overlook

neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention <habitually neglected his studies>. disregard suggests voluntary inattention <disregarded the wishes of his family>. ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious <ignored the snide remark>. overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care <in my rush I overlooked a key example>. slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting <slighted several major authors in her survey>. forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind <forget what others say>.

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overlook

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noun over·look \ˈō-vər-ˌlu̇k\

Definition of overlook

  1. :  a place from which one may look down on a scene below <plenty of overlooks and trails — Thelma H. Bell>



Examples of overlook in a sentence

  1. <just down the road there's a great overlook where you can get a panoramic view of the valley below>



1861

First Known Use of overlook

1861


OVERLOOK Defined for Kids

overlook

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verb over·look \ˌō-vər-ˈlu̇k\

Definition of overlook for Students

overlooked

overlooking

  1. 1 :  to look down upon or provide a view of from above <The house overlooks a valley.>

  2. 2 :  to fail to see :  miss <The detective overlooked an important clue.>

  3. 3 :  to pay no attention to :  ignore <I'll overlook the mistake this time.>





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