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

Always on the lookout for talent, her aunt makes her the theater’s costumer. Ron Charles | The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Elizabeth Gilbert will visit Portland to discuss her new novel, ‘City of Girls,’ about a young woman’s summer of sex," 7 June 2019 Here's the list of companies in the inaugural OBC batch: Look to this roundup for our favorite products from these partners, and be on the lookout for more exclusive content from the Collective. The Editors, Outside Online, "Launching the Outside Brand Collective," 6 June 2019 The city issued a warning Thursday, saying residents of the Tara Park neighborhood should be on the lookout for the reptile, the largest species of lizard in Africa. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "This lizard can get big enough to eat a cat - and it’s on the prowl in Plantation," 6 June 2019 Kumar also notes that companies typically only plan for the short term, while investors are on the lookout for future complications. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years," 4 June 2019 Be on the lookout for other flower deals as well, like 5-stem peonies for $9 and 10-stem tulips for $6. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Order a 20-Stem Bunch of Tulips for $10 From Whole Foods This Mother’s Day," 7 May 2019 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

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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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