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overlook

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verb over·look \ ˌō-vər-ˈlu̇k \

Definition of overlook

transitive verb
1 :to look over :inspect
  • took down a map and overlooked it
  • —Eileen Duggan
2 a :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
3 a :to look past :miss
  • whose sharpened senses overlook nothing
  • —Richard Semon
b :ignore 1
  • learned to overlook her boyfriend's minor faults
c :excuse 2
  • minor misdemeanors may sometimes be overlooked
  • Punch
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

Examples of overlook in a Sentence

  1. The detective overlooked an important clue.

  2. Such a crime should not be overlooked.

  3. The quarterback was overlooked by other teams.

  4. the mountains that overlook the village

  5. We rented a suite that overlooks the lake.

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First Known Use of overlook

14th century

overlook Synonyms

Synonyms
command, dominate
Antonyms
attend (to), heed, mind, regard, tend (to)
Related Words
face, front
Near Antonyms
appreciate, cherish, prize, treasure, value; cultivate, foster, nurse, nurture; pamper; remember; listen (to), watch; follow, mark, note, notice, observe, remark

Synonym Discussion of overlook

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

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noun over·look \ ˈō-vər-ˌlu̇k \

Definition of overlook

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

Examples of overlook in a Sentence

  1. just down the road there's a great overlook where you can get a panoramic view of the valley below

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First Known Use of overlook

1861

overlook Synonyms


OVERLOOK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of overlook for English Language Learners

  • : to fail to see or notice (something)

  • : to pay no attention to (something)

  • : to not consider (someone) for a job, position, promotion, etc.


OVERLOOK Defined for Kids

overlook

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verb over·look \ ˌō-vər-ˈlu̇k \

Definition of overlook for Students

overlooked; overlooking
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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