overlook

verb
over·​look | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlu̇k How to pronounce overlook (audio) \
overlooked; overlooking; overlooks

Definition of overlook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to look over : inspect took down a map and overlooked it— Eileen Duggan
2a : to look down upon from above do not like living near water, and prefer not to be overlooked— G. W. B. Huntingford
b : to rise above or afford a view of the mountains that overlook the village
3a : to look past : miss whose sharpened senses overlook nothing— Richard Semon
b : ignore sense 1 learned to overlook her boyfriend's minor faults
c : excuse sense 2 minor misdemeanors may sometimes be overlookedPunch
4 : superintend, oversee The chaperones will overlook the students' behavior on the field trip.
5 : to look on with the evil eye : bewitch a baby that has been overlooked will begin to pine away— F. G. Cassidy

overlook

noun
over·​look | \ ˈō-vər-ˌlu̇k How to pronounce overlook (audio) \

Definition of overlook (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place from which one may look down on a scene below plenty of overlooks and trails— Thelma H. Bell

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Synonyms for overlook

Synonyms: Verb

command, dominate

Synonyms: Noun

lookout, observatory, outlook

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Verb

neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention. habitually neglected his studies disregard suggests voluntary inattention. disregarded the wishes of his family ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious. ignored the snide remark overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care. in my rush I overlooked a key example slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting. slighted several major authors in her survey forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind. forget what others say

Examples of overlook in a Sentence

Verb

The detective overlooked an important clue. Such a crime should not be overlooked. The quarterback was overlooked by other teams. the mountains that overlook the village We rented a suite that overlooks the lake.

Noun

just down the road there's a great overlook where you can get a panoramic view of the valley below
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Between jugglers on stilts tossing around light-up pins and Helen Mirren participating in the classic high striker game, Disney didn't overlook any details to turn the VIP tent into a full-fledged carnival. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie and Four of Her Children Attend the Premiere of Disney's Dumbo," 12 Mar. 2019 The viewpoint overlooks Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, a popular vertical ascent for rock climbers across the globe. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 With her comments, Wilson had seemingly overlooked actresses like Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique, who have both headlined rom-coms like Last Holiday (2006), Just Wright (2010), and Phat Girlz (2006). Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "Rebel Wilson, Your Rom-Com Comments Erased Plus-Size Women of Color," 5 Nov. 2018 Although the Trinity League still looks like a duel between Santa Ana Mater Dei and Bellflower St. John Bosco, don’t overlook the Lancers. Eric Sondheimer, latimes.com, "Ryan Hilinski continues to blossom into a star quarterback at Orange Lutheran," 7 July 2018 Next to the basilica, a chapel that predates the church by 500 years is capped by a glorious gold statue of Mary overlooking the city. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 On Saturday, a 16-year-old Boy Scout died after falling while rock climbing in a steep remote area overlooking Middle Rosary Lake in northern Oregon, local station KTVZ reported. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Boy Scout Died While Rock Climbing on a Camping Trip in Oregon," 15 Oct. 2018 More: Meet Lucky, an elk whose dramatic birth story will melt your heart Inside Bearizona Canyonlands, a 6,000-square-foot restaurant with a 25-foot waterfall, overlooks the jaguar exhibit. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 The trailhead is on the west side of Skyline, across the road from Vista Point (overlooks Stanford and the South Bay). Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hetch Hetchy area and Glacier Point Road—known for its overlook with views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls—remain closed because of smoke. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Parts of Yosemite National Park Reopen, Slowly," 13 Aug. 2018 The South Avenue location contains similarities to other existing village overlooks located at Park and Hazel avenues, according to Mau. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe opens new Lake Michigan overlook," 12 June 2018 Craid and Judy Pauly enjoy a scenic overlook of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Vacation Homes That Feel Like Summer Camp," 14 Feb. 2019 Keep driving north to Storm King State Park and Art Center to take in some scenic overlooks and oversized sculptures. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Convertible Drives Across the U.S.," 26 July 2018 Sean Matteson said Moorthy stood out from the crowd enjoying sunset at the overlook because her hair was dyed bright pink. Jocelyn Gecker, The Seattle Times, "Indian couple who died in Yosemite took risks for photos," 31 Oct. 2018 The structure was meant to serve as a planetarium, restaurant, and scenic overlook—a day-trip destination for people who would head to the building as a tourist attraction and then return home. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Lost Frank Lloyd Wright buildings reimagined in new renderings," 5 Nov. 2018 In addition to cool, fresh air and open road known for its scenic overlooks, there are plenty of places to stop and hike or sightsee along the way (like Luray Caverns and Natural Bridge). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places to Go This Summer That Won't Be Full of Tourists," 11 May 2018 Its 90-foot runway provides a stunning overlook to the valleys and small towns below. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Is This the World’s Most Beautiful Airport?," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overlook

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1861, in the meaning defined above

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overlook

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overlook

: to fail to see or notice (something)
: to pay no attention to (something)
: to not consider (someone) for a job, position, promotion, etc.

overlook

verb
over·​look | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlu̇k How to pronounce overlook (audio) \
overlooked; overlooking

Kids Definition of overlook

1 : to look down upon or provide a view of from above The house overlooks a valley.
2 : to fail to see : miss The detective overlooked an important clue.
3 : to pay no attention to : ignore I'll overlook the mistake this time.

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