noun out·look \ ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k \
Updated on: 17 Feb 2018

Definition of outlook

1 a : a place offering a view
b : a view from a particular place
2 : point of view
  • a positive outlook on life
3 : the act of looking out
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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outlook Synonyms

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



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


noun out·look \ ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k \

Definition of outlook for Students

1 : a view from a certain place
  • There are scenic outlooks along the highway.
2 : a way of thinking about or looking at things
  • He has a cheerful outlook.
3 : conditions that seem to lie ahead
  • What's the outlook for business?

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