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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Protectionism and China The National Association for Business Economics outlook report , published in June, found the majority of economists surveyed believe the odds of a recession increase by 60% at the end of 2020. Madeline St. Amour, The Denver Post, "CU bracing for next recession with goal of keeping tuition stable," 30 June 2019 Durant’s Achilles injury reinforced just how quickly a player’s outlook can change. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Kevin Durant’s free agency: An in-depth breakdown of the superstar’s options," 26 June 2019 But Lennon’s outlook during that time varied, depending on the source. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 Investors are looking for further detail on the Fed’s outlook for possibly lowering interest rates. Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz, "Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell pushes back against political meddling," 25 June 2019 One interesting note: the first deal to get done among Thomas, Cooper, Jones or Green could alter the outlook for others. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Dak Prescott, Michael Thomas among 16 NFL players next in line for big-money extensions," 21 June 2019 Donald Trump is set to host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week as the American president’s tariff threats continue to cloud the outlook for the countries’ trade deal with Mexico. Josh Wingrove And Justin Sink / Bloomberg, Time, "Trump to Host Canada's Trudeau Next Week to Discuss Trade Deal and Huawei," 14 June 2019 Forecasters were expecting heavy flooding for months In March, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its spring outlook report amid extensive flooding that was already occurring in the Midwest. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The severe floods soaking the Midwest and Southeast are not letting up," 11 June 2019 And, as Indianapolis 500 fans know, temperature is always a key component that can change the outlook of a race. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: At Texas, progress is moving target, but fans say IndyCar hit bullseye," 9 June 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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