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
Recent Examples on the Web This shortage outlook is expected to be especially severe with ob-gyns. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 15 May 2022 But amid a worsening economic outlook and the rapid flight of traders, those values sunk 58 and 60 percent, respectively, from their previous levels as of Friday. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 Shares of Coinbase, which plunged earlier this week following a lousy earnings report and weak outlook, rallied in tandem with Robinhood on Friday. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 13 May 2022 Despite the recall, investors appeared somewhat assuaged by the production outlook, with Rivian’s stock closing at $24.30 per share Thursday, a nearly 18% gain. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 Not everyone is so negative on the Cardinals' outlook in their NFL power rankings, however. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 Sales tax revenues also are up 21 percent over last year as consumers recovered from the pandemic and returned to spending more, bolstering the city’s positive financial outlook. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2022 When reminded of this bleak outlook, climate progressives point to corporate action and the stock market, which both seemed to be moving in their direction. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 11 May 2022 State water authorities were scheduled to hold a briefing about California's drought outlook Tuesday afternoon. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outlook

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of outlook was in 1667

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17 May 2022

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“Outlook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlook. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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