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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The guidelines overlook one of the most critical questions in evaluating a company’s compliance program, said Gerry Zack, chief executive of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, a professional association. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Justice Department Provides Blueprint for Companies on Compliance," 1 May 2019 The beginning of the month highlights your friendships, as Taurus overlooks the house detailing your creativity and inner friend circle. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Capricorn Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 As so much of the home overlooks the pool and lounge area out back, having something more subtle to balance the color on the inside makes sense. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "This Bold, Colorful Home is Extra in All the Best Ways," 30 Apr. 2019 This series on Lifetime may have finally changed that overlooked hypocrisy, as scores of women—the vast majority women of color—came forward with their harrowing, heartbreaking allegations of abuse. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Documentaries of 2019 That Are Already Changing Everything," 20 Mar. 2019 In the increasingly homogenous world of glass backs and notches, the Mate 20s still manage to stand out, mostly due to the attention Huawei has paid to a design element that’s usually overlooked: the arrangement of the camera. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei Mate 20 Mate 20 Pro hands on: Enter the Matrix with the do-it-all Android phones," 16 Oct. 2018 Jack explained that the couple were overlooking a stunning lake (that happened to be in front of a volcano). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Engagement Story Is Straight Out of a Movie," 29 Aug. 2018 There are also updated features, though, including the Bar 19 area that opened in April and overlooks the back deck and golf course. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018 The porch, a meandering metal widow’s walk that curves around the house and overlooks the yard below—and the location of the dog house—is a space for sipping wine, smoking, moving from inside to outside and back again. Jessica Steinberg, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside an Israeli Chef’s Stunning Farmhouse and Garden," 8 June 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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