look·​out | \ ˈlu̇k-ˌau̇t How to pronounce lookout (audio) \

Definition of lookout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one engaged in keeping watch : watchman
2 : an elevated place or structure affording a wide view for observation
3 : a careful looking or watching on the lookout
4 : view, outlook
5 : a matter of care or concern

look out

looked out; looking out; looks out

Definition of look out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take care or concern oneself used with for looking out for number one

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Synonyms for lookout

Synonyms: Noun

observatory, outlook, overlook

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Examples of lookout in a Sentence


The troops posted a lookout for the night. The mountain road had several lookouts where you could enjoy the view.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One thing that the CSL is missing is a superstar goalkeeper on the lookout for one big last contract before retirement. SI.com, "5 Premier League Players Who Have 'Unnamed Chinese Club' Written All Over Them This Summer," 5 July 2019 Attempt to locate, SOM Center Road: Police were asked to be on the lookout for a suspect involved in a robbery attempt at a Ravenna Dollar General around 8:30 a.m. on June 29. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Mailbox apparently sent to new address: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 5 July 2019 Explore 10 hiking trails that range from easy to very rugged with features such as steep staircases and lookout points. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "10 of the best campgrounds within a few hours of Indianapolis," 21 June 2019 Portugal is the destination of your Instagram dreams One of the top things to do in Lisbon is to peruse the miradouros – or lookout points. Leora Arnowitz, USA TODAY, "Portugal is the new hot travel destination. Here's why," 13 June 2019 Or the thought of staying on the 30th floor of a hotel or going to a lookout point over a city? Alyson Krueger, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Tackle the Most Common Travel Fears," 6 June 2019 After stopping at a lookout point at the border, Begnaud and his producer drove over an international bridge that goes from Texas to Mexico, crossing over the Rio Grande river. CBS News, "Video shows man on raft attempting to smuggle people into U.S. via the Rio Grande river," 12 July 2018 His late-night destination appeared to be another luxury hotel on the island: the Marina Bay Sands -- a 55-floor hotel and entertainment mecca with an infinity pool, lookout point, and the Ce La Vi bar and restaurant on the rooftop. Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "Kim Jong Un goes for surprise nighttime walk ahead of summit," 11 June 2018 To get to the lookout point 400 feet above the major trail junction, follow the signs 1.2 miles and enjoy the breezy vistas. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Flagstaff hike: Fay Canyon is a mellow, woodsy walk," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of lookout


1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1752, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lookout was in 1662

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English Language Learners Definition of lookout

: a person who watches an area and warns others if there is danger
: a high place or structure from which you can see a wide area


look·​out | \ ˈlu̇k-ˌau̇t How to pronounce lookout (audio) \

Kids Definition of lookout

1 : a careful watch for something expected or feared Be on the lookout for trouble.
2 : a high place from which a wide view is possible
3 : a person who keeps watch

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to form ideas or theories about something

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