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 Today's outlook Nearly a decade ago, Muñoz partnered with the NFL in an effort to get more Hispanic children involved in football. Joseph Salvador, USA TODAY, "What aren't there more Latinos playing and coach high school and college football?," 14 Oct. 2020 The less-pessimistic outlook reflects a stronger-than-expected bounce from the $3 trillion in relief aid that Congress enacted earlier this year. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "IMF envisions a sharp 4.4% drop in global growth for 2020," 13 Oct. 2020 Stam described it as a bruise and that Tyton's medical outlook was relatively good. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati notebook: Jaap Stam discusses the Franko Kovačević transfer," 13 Oct. 2020 In this year’s outlook, the IEA finds existing or under-construction fossil fuel infrastructure, if allowed to run out its full lifetime, would already lock in warming of 1.65 degrees Celsius. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Emissions will rebound after the pandemic downturn, IEA projects," 13 Oct. 2020 If new government spending is announced, the outlook could improve, the IMF said. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "IMF cuts its global economic forecasts for 2021 and warns of 'long, uneven' recovery," 13 Oct. 2020 The outlook for 2020 improved for most advanced economies and major emerging markets, including the U.S., the eurozone, Brazil and Russia. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "China Growth Limits Global Economic Damage From Pandemic, IMF Says," 13 Oct. 2020 The upgrade could also be more good news for holders of Maersk debt, as the borrower may see a change in the negative outlook that it’s been assigned by S&P Global Ratings, according to Danske’s Borsting. Frances Schwartzkopff, Bloomberg.com, "Maersk Raises Outlook as Shipping Giant Sees Demand Rebound," 13 Oct. 2020 In just a few months Sam Pittman and his staff have changed the thinking, the attitude and the outlook of the entire Razorback team. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | WALLY HALL: 3 things hurt the Hogs," 12 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'outlook.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outlook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlook. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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