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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This culture of white supremacy shaped the outlook of the magazine’s editors, writers, and photographers, who were always white and almost always men. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "National Geographic’s November cover falls back on a racist cliché," 1 Nov. 2018 Underperformance by companies like Caterpillar, 3M and Verizon could be taken as a sign that rising interest rates, inflation and trade disputes are weighing on the global outlook. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Chinese market drop leads world stocks lower," 23 Oct. 2018 Owner Tony Xia has revealed Villa’s finances in a frank discussion with Bruce, and the current outlook isn't good for the Championship club. SI.com, "Liverpool Open Talks for Bargain Transfer as Attacker’s £40m Asking Price is Slashed," 8 July 2018 The soggy outlook should improve in the afternoon and end in the evening, forecasters said - hopefully in time to save nighttime fireworks shows, at least in the Houston area. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Flash flood warnings in place as soggy 4th of July forecast set to rain on parades across SE Texas," 4 July 2018 With multiple candidates dropping out along the way, the current outlook calls for a five-way Republican primary and a two-way Democratic primary on August 14. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Oz Griebel Collecting Signatures, Campaign Money," 28 June 2018 The long-term outlook is dependent on performance, especially with the presence of 2017 third-round pick Davis Webb and 2018 fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta behind him on the depth chart. Art Stapleton, USA TODAY, "Giants training camp questions: Can Eli Manning reclaim his mojo?," 25 June 2018 The rain outlook shows 33 percent higher odds for more rain than usual across most of North Carolina, other than its western and southeaster tips, but normal rainfall in South Carolina. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Summer weather: Here's what to expect for the Carolinas' sticky season.," 21 June 2018 The economic group said stronger business investment boosted by the tax cuts was a reason for the brighter outlook. Jim Puzzanghera, latimes.com, "Businesses hiked spending after the tax bill, but the U.S. economy still awaits that promised big boost," 8 June 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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