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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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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The eight- to 14-day outlook has much of the country with a high probability of above average temperatures. BostonGlobe.com, "The warm weather isn’t going anywhere - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Thunderstorms and winds could push it in other directions, according to the outlook. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Hunt fire in northwest Colorado grows to 2,300 acres," 8 Sep. 2019 For advanced disease, there are more treatments available for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors than there are for pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and that may also contribute to the better outlook. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Aretha Franklin's Detroit-based doctor talks about the cancer that took her life," 16 Aug. 2019 The hiking trail to the outlook above the town is one of the town’s most popular recreation areas. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "State grants Newington’s Cedar Mountain conservation, recreation easement," 24 July 2019 Coach Gus Malzahn is set to take the stage in the main room at 11:45 a.m. to discuss Auburn’s outlook for the 2019 season, the Tigers’ quarterback situation and much more. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al.com, "What Gus Malzahn said on main stage at SEC Media Days," 18 July 2019 Coach Gus Malzahn took the stage in the main room at 11:45 a.m. to discuss Auburn’s outlook for the 2019 season, the Tigers’ quarterback situation and much more. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, oregonlive, "What Gus Malzahn said on main stage at SEC Media Days," 18 July 2019 Wind speeds were 30 mph as the disturbance moved west to southwest at a slow pace of 8 mph, according to a tropical outlook issued at 8 p.m. by the hurricane center. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Barry spins into first predicted hurricane of 2019," 11 July 2019 The central bank said an escalation in trade conflicts remains the biggest downside risk to the global and Canadian economic outlook. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada Central Bank, Holding Steady, Flags Trade Concerns," 10 July 2019

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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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