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

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Examples of lookout in a Sentence

Noun 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 The long line snaking around the clinic at the DoubleTree Hotel in Danvers on Wednesday underscored the growing number of vaccine hunters on the lookout for shots. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Vaccine hunters’ dash for leftover doses highlights rise of gray market," 11 Feb. 2021 The two rushed to a lookout point on the Rio Grande. Fox News, "Lara Logan witnesses gun, grenade battle at US-Mexico border: 'War raging on America's doorstep'," 5 Feb. 2021 Still on the lookout for pitching depth, the Giants on Wednesday added a versatile reliever who had a strong season with the Twins in 2019 and a superb minor-league season two years before that. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants sign ex-Twins reliever Zack Littell to minor-league deal with big-league invite," 3 Feb. 2021 Here is how to leverage gamification to your advantage for dealing with basic needs and where to be on the lookout for gamification nudges that might lead you astray. Star Tribune, "Some finance apps are valuable — if they help you save," 30 Jan. 2021 Now that the techniques have been exposed very publicly, more organizations may be on the lookout for such malicious activity. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The SolarWinds Hackers Used Tactics Other Groups Will Copy," 19 Jan. 2021 Ward will be on the lookout for the impossible throws, but also try not to see ghosts. cleveland, "Baker Mayfield on Patrick Mahomes: ‘He’s gotten me so far in the league, so I have to see what I can do’," 13 Jan. 2021 That’s next on my list. —Ed Shanahan, Metro reporter and senior staff editor On the lookout for your next book to read, but not sure where to start? New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From ‘Faust’ to Life in Lockdown," 12 Jan. 2021 Police are on the lookout for three suspects after a shooting Friday night near Parkland Hospital. Dallas News, "3 suspects at large after shooting near Parkland Hospital, police say," 9 Jan. 2021

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Lookout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lookout. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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