verb over·look \-ˈlk\

: to fail to see or notice (something)

: to pay no attention to (something)

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

Full Definition of OVERLOOK

transitive verb
:  to look over :  inspect
a :  to look down upon from above
b :  to rise above or afford a view of
a :  to look past :  miss
b :  ignore 1
c :  excuse 2
:  to look on with the evil eye :  bewitch

Examples of OVERLOOK

  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.

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>.


noun over·look \ˈō-vər-ˌlk\

Definition of OVERLOOK

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

Examples of OVERLOOK

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

First Known Use of OVERLOOK

OVERLOOKS Defined for Kids


verb over·look \ˌō-vər-ˈlk\

Definition of OVERLOOK for Kids

:  to look down upon or provide a view of from above <The house overlooks a valley.>
:  to fail to see :  miss <The detective overlooked an important clue.>
:  to pay no attention to :  ignore <I'll overlook the mistake this time.>


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