out·​look | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k How to pronounce outlook (audio) \

Definition of outlook

1a : 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.

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of outlook in a Sentence

The students all seemed to have the same outlook. Despite our differences in outlook, we got along together very well. scenic outlooks along the highway
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In a major adjustment to her outlook, Fed governor Lael Brainard said there appear to be more risks that the U.S. economy will underperform her expectations than exceed them. ... Paul Kiernan And Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed’s Brainard Adjusts Outlook to Fewer Rate Increases," 7 Mar. 2019 The European Commission has cut its 2019 growth outlook for the country to 1.1 percent from a 1.8 percent forecast from late last year. David Mchugh, The Seattle Times, "Survey points to no rebound for slowing Germany economy," 19 Feb. 2019 But his grim outlook aside, Kelly seems eager to kick off her new show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey Hints He's Leaving His Talk Show Because of Kelly Clarkson Deal," 10 Jan. 2019 But earlier this year my outlook on foundation changed entirely when It Cosmetics came out with Bye Bye Foundation. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "The It Cosmetics Foundation I Tell Everyone About Is 25 Percent Off," 2 Nov. 2018 The fund giant recently downgraded Japan’s 2019 growth outlook. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, "Consumer Companies Prove Resilient in China Despite Slowdown," 13 Feb. 2019 Those things mixed with a commitment to contextuality and a generally positive outlook make her one of the world's greatest talents in the field of architecture. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "60 Seconds with...Mariam Kamara," 22 Jan. 2019 While talking about what's she's learned with her fellow Today stars on Wednesday morning, KLG took a few moments to tell a special story about her and Paul Newman that forever changed her outlook on life. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Kathie Lee Gifford's "Profound" Moment With Paul Newman," 12 Dec. 2018 As society changes, so, too, does the outlook, understanding, and acceptance of those in society, especially the youth who are often the drivers of that change. refinery29.com, "What Happened To All Of The Black Teen Shows?," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of outlook

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of outlook

: 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


out·​look | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k How to pronounce outlook (audio) \

Kids Definition of outlook

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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