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 In that outlook, forecasters predicted that as many as 25 storms could form in the Atlantic. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "La Niña forms, could worsen hurricanes and wildfires," 11 Sep. 2020 Elsewhere, operators are analyzing their business models and the economic outlook and finding no answers to move forward yet. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Marjie's Grill, Irene's, Who Dat Cafe reopen, outlook for Bellegarde, others still on hold," 7 Sep. 2020 That's down from the 1.5 million jobs that companies added in July and a sign that employers remain cautious about the economic outlook with the pandemic still out of control. Arkansas Online, "U.S. unemployment rate falls to 8.4% even as hiring slows," 4 Sep. 2020 In an Eastworld Spotlight conversation with Fortune's Clay Chandler this week, Koll talked about Abe’s potential successors, the prime minister's legacy, and the country’s short-term economic outlook. Veta Chan, Fortune, "Want to see Japan’s future? Look past Shinzo Abe’s immediate successor, economist says," 3 Sep. 2020 Many job interviews are still happening over laptop screens, and companies’ hiring needs are changing as fast as the economic outlook. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, "The New Rules for Landing a Job in the Covid Era," 2 Sep. 2020 Scientific American spoke with her about how the redwoods are likely to fare and how that outlook could potentially change in the future because of the impacts of global warming. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Can Redwoods Survive the Devastating California Wildfires?," 26 Aug. 2020 With that promising outlook shattered by the coronavirus pandemic, the operators of one restaurant-bar on Third took it as an opportunity to remake the place. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Third Street Tavern, launching a new concept for a different era," 4 July 2020 Reflecting caution over that outlook, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note dropped to 0.64% from 0.65%. Washington Post, "Asian shares slide, following Wall St selloff on virus fears," 29 June 2020

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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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13 Sep 2020

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“Outlook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlook. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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