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

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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

When the staff was busy serving other customers, one man acts as a lookout while the other is seen reaching over the counter and removing from the display case a tray of rings worth $45,566, police said. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Thieves steal diamond rings worth $45,000, police say," 11 July 2018 Officers saw the teens pull on several door handles and saw one of the teens enter three vehicles while the other acted as a lookout, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora teens charged with breaking into vehicles at Fox Valley Mall," 10 July 2018 One of the men arrested said Carpenter typically organized the robberies, supplied the guns and acted as a lookout. Robert Barnes, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court rules that warrant is needed to access cell tower records," 22 June 2018 One of the men arrested said Carpenter typically organized the robberies, supplied the guns and acted as a lookout. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court rules that a warrant is needed for government to access cell tower records," 22 June 2018 The other, showing how films are made, will be shaped like a massive sphere, with a horizontal cut at the top that serves as a lookout over the city. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "For Architect Renzo Piano, a Career Devoted to Making Elite Institutions Accessible," 21 June 2018 While one of the men acts as a lookout, the second uses a drill to make a large hole in the machine. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "These thieves stole 3,396 quarters at a car wash. Watch them clean the place out | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 The men, both armed with handguns, entered the restaurant and one jumped the counter and demanded money while the other, later identified as Thomas, served as a lookout. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "2nd man arrested in string of robberies at New Orleans restaurants," 23 May 2018 In another example, the only direct evidence tying Charles Manson and others to the Tate-La Bianca murders was the testimony of Linda Kasabian, a member of the Manson Family who was present at the crimes as a lookout. Danny Cevallos /, NBC News, "Trump says Cohen won't 'flip': How do prosecutors get witnesses to turn?," 22 Apr. 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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