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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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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However, as the outlook for this year still seems good, a majority think a recession is possible before the next presidential inauguration. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "A Majority of Economists Think There Will Be a Recession By the 2020 Election," 4 June 2019 The worsening outlook for trade over the past month has been accompanied by signs of weakness in global markets. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Stocks Jump as Fed’s Powell Suggests Rates Could Come Down," 4 June 2019 On Tuesday, Axios published two articles that offered Democrats conflicting outlooks for the November mid-terms. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Democrats enjoy a huge party registration advantage in midterms.," 10 July 2018 Consumers’ outlook on the U.S. economy worsened in April, as a survey suggested the impact of tax cuts has now run its course for American households. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "U.S. Consumer Sentiment Drops as Tax-Cut Boost Fades," 12 Apr. 2019 That nugget came as the consumer good behemoth gave a muted sales outlook, predicting growth in the first half of this year that’s lower than the 3-5% full-year forecast. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Comcast vs Disney, China Tariffs, Rolls-Royce Cuts: CEO Daily for June 14, 2018," 14 June 2018 But investors have been underwhelmed by the company’s outlook, with the shares falling about 11 percent in the past year. Craig Giammona, Bloomberg.com, "Starbucks’ Schultz Hints Political Career May Be Brewing," 4 June 2018 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2018 outlook, released May 24, calls for a 75 percent chance that the 2018 season will be near or above normal range. Diana Samuels, NOLA.com, "It's time to get ready: Hurricane season is here," 1 June 2018 Weekend outlook Friday: Sunny, with a high near 85. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan is about to get hot for Memorial Day weekend," 23 May 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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