outlook

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noun out·look \ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k\

Definition of outlook

  1. 1a :  a place offering a viewb :  a view from a particular place

  2. 2 :  point of view a positive outlook on life

  3. 3 :  the act of looking out

  4. 4 :  the prospect for the future the outlook for steel demand in the U.S. — Wall Street Jour.

Examples of outlook in a sentence

  1. The students all seemed to have the same outlook.

  2. Despite our differences in outlook, we got along together very well.

  3. scenic outlooks along the highway

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First Known Use of outlook

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Synonym Discussion of outlook

prospect, outlook, anticipation, foretaste mean an advance realization of something to come. prospect implies expectation of a particular event, condition, or development of definite interest or concern. the prospect of a quiet weekend outlook suggests a forecasting of the future. a favorable outlook for the economy anticipation implies a prospect or outlook that involves advance suffering or enjoyment of what is foreseen. the anticipation of her arrival foretaste implies an actual though brief or partial experience of something forthcoming. the frost was a foretaste of winter

OUTLOOK Defined for English Language Learners

outlook

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noun out·look \ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k\

Definition of outlook for English Language Learners

  • : the way that a person thinks about things

  • : a set of conditions that will probably exist in the future : the future of someone or something

  • : a place where you can look out over a wide area; also : a view from such a place


OUTLOOK Defined for Kids

outlook

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noun out·look \ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k\

Definition of outlook for Students

  1. 1 :  a view from a certain place There are scenic outlooks along the highway.

  2. 2 :  a way of thinking about or looking at things He has a cheerful outlook.

  3. 3 :  conditions that seem to lie ahead What's the outlook for business?



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