not see the forest for the trees

idiom

Definition of not see the forest for the trees 

US

: to not understand or appreciate a larger situation, problem, etc., because one is considering only a few parts of it

Learn More about not see the forest for the trees

Share not see the forest for the trees

Resources for not see the forest for the trees

Statistics for not see the forest for the trees

Look-up Popularity

Comments on not see the forest for the trees

What made you want to look up not see the forest for the trees? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!