out·look | \ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

By Public Safety News Related stories from Sacramento Bee Here's the air quality outlook for July 4 and beyond, amid Northern California wildfires Seen those tankers above Sacramento? Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Travis Air Force Base postpones July Fourth drone light show due to high winds," 4 July 2018 But an uncertain global economic outlook has given Beijing even more reasons to be cautious. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Taps the Brakes on Its Global Push for Influence," 29 June 2018 The seasonal forecast, made every year in May before the start of the season on June 1, is meant to provide an outlook for the coming season and does not predict how many storms may make landfall. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Forecasters call for more normal, but still active, Atlantic hurricane season," 24 May 2018 South Korea maintains an optimistic outlook for the Trump-Kim talks. Washington Post, "Moon enters talks with Trump with driver’s seat at stake," 21 May 2018 Taylor Morrison has an optimistic outlook on the future of homebuilding in the ever-growing Valley of the Sun. Elise Riley, azcentral, "Taylor Morrison earns high marks as employer," 14 May 2018 An optimistic outlook and her smile carried her through both the good and the bad times. courant.com, "Gloria P. Holbrook," 9 May 2018 But in terms of an outlook for next season, the oddsmakers' view of the Cowboys has continued to decline. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Oddsmakers set post-draft over/under win total for the Cowboys next season | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 May 2018 Vernon Hills was unable to notch the tying goal but walked off the windy, rainy Mundelein field with an optimistic outlook. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Ryan Schofield 'does the simple things well' to help Vernon Hills prepare for playoffs," 30 Apr. 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 \

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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