overlook

verb
over·​look | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlu̇k \
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 \

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 top floor is for adults and overlooks the enclosed swimming pool structure. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Three-tiered glass masterpiece asks $16.8M," 26 Dec. 2018 These homely little volumes, Mr. Phillips rightly contends, filled an important and mostly overlooked role in forging America’s Anglo-Protestant worldview and shaping Americans’ literary sensibilities. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘The Hymnal’ Review: How to Make a Joyful Noise," 23 Dec. 2018 That's a steep discount on Kingdom Come alone, and Shadow Tactics is one of the best (and most overlooked) modern tactics games. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Grab Shadow Warrior 2 for free as part of GOG.com's 10th birthday celebrations," 4 Oct. 2018 Players that were once undervalued and overlooked are now under a spotlight that's unlike anything the team has dealt with since the departure of former New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Pelicans' playoff success leads to added recognition, but what happens next could be telling," 26 May 2018 Between 9:04 am and 9:37 am, Trump sent 5 tweets -- all around the same basic theme: He is being unfairly persecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller even as Mueller and the broader FBI overlook crimes by Democrats. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump said 11 false things in just 5 tweets Sunday morning," 20 May 2018 The image chosen for the holiday card shows King Felipe, Queen Letizia, and their two daughters—13-year-old Princess Leonor and 11-year-old and Princess Sofía—smiling on a mountaintop overlooking the Lakes of Covadonga. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Spanish Royals Look Gorgeous in Their 2018 Family Christmas Card," 13 Dec. 2018 When opened, tall shutters reveal French doors overlooking the narrow streets of the charming Old Town district. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "Menopause Doesn't Make Me Invisible," 5 Oct. 2018 And in June, two tourists took a fatal fall from a cliff overlooking a popular beach in Portugal while attempting to take a selfie. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "An 18-Year-Old Died Reportedly While Taking a Selfie in Yosemite National Park," 7 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Visit the 70-foot-high Morgan Falls and the overlook at the top of St. Peter’s Dome for an excellent view of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Solo trips to recharge in Wisconsin," 10 June 2018 During the 1996 flood, the river pushed well above all of the overlooks at the park. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "The Potomac at Great Falls explodes at flood stage: ‘I have never seen the river appear so violent’," 5 June 2018 The trail continues across the top of the ridge past farm fields to a pair of overlooks. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Forest Where All Can Sit On A Throne," 29 Apr. 2018 Renderings and video simulations of the bridge show a distinct structure with parallel arches, a multiuse path and pedestrian overlooks. Washington Post, "South Capitol Street project promises a new bridge — and new life — for Anacostia," 3 Mar. 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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The first known use of overlook was in the 14th century

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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 \
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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