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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Recent Examples on the Web Here is the meteor shower schedule for the rest of the year, according to EarthSky's meteor shower outlook. Megan Marples And Ashley Strickland, CNN, "See the 'Worm' supermoon glow in the sky this weekend," 28 Mar. 2021 Here is Sunday’s severe weather outlook: The areas in dark green have a marginal risk (Level 1), with a Level 2 slight risk clipping part of northeast Alabama. Leigh Morgan, al, "Enhanced risk for severe weather for part of Alabama today; storms also possible on Sunday," 27 Mar. 2021 Researchers have found that patients with an optimistic outlook in the face of a terminal medical prognosis will outlive those with a realistic sense of their disease. Washington Post, "We’re constantly fooling ourselves — and that’s (mostly) okay," 26 Mar. 2021 Here's the extended temperature and weather outlook over the next 5 to 7 days. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Soggy Saturday, Sunny Sunday & 70s on Monday?," 26 Mar. 2021 In the 1970s, Segal was among Hollywood’s busiest and most recognizable actors, appearing in films whose comedy and outlook, sometimes strikingly out of whack with today’s sensibility, were characteristic of the decade. BostonGlobe.com, "George Segal, durable veteran of drama and TV comedy, dies at 87," 24 Mar. 2021 Investors looked past that disappointing near-term outlook in favor of Gelsinger’s long-term ambitions. oregonlive, "Intel will spend $20 billion on new Arizona factories, doubling down on manufacturing instead of divesting," 23 Mar. 2021 The dramatic standoffs help clarify Washington’s new outlook in a post-Trump era, but also create unpredictable and sometimes chaotic outcomes on the diplomatic stage. John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Talks with China show U.S. ready for dust-up diplomacy," 20 Mar. 2021 The athletic footwear and apparel maker missed revenue estimates as port issues delayed shipments, and the company’s full-year sales outlook disappointed. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Witching Day On Wall Street: Stable Start After Thursday Selloff As Treasury Yields Ease," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Mar 2021

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“Outlook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlook. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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