over·​looked ˌō-vər-ˈlu̇kt How to pronounce overlooked (audio)
: not seen, noticed, or considered
Below the canopies of these massive conifers, however, is the often overlooked ground cover that we'd like to recognize and appreciate: bryophytes, also known as moss and liverworts.Tyson Gillard
As well as revisiting the traditional narratives of politics and war, historians are now becoming more interested in previously overlooked histories—especially those of class and gender.Mary McAuliffe
But sometimes the simplest fixes are also the most overlooked.David Posey

Examples of overlooked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Watching the Sunday morning news segments that continued to inform discriminatory policies with unfavorable reporting on disadvantaged and overlooked communities, Nadeau wondered whether better decisions could be made using contemporary tools and relevant data. Pauleanna Reid, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 May has steadily built a winner, however, posting half of the 10 winning seasons in program annals and compiling a deep but very young roster full of overlooked and under-recruited prospects. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2023 This is consistent with the scientific study of healing, which shows that the body has a tremendous and overlooked ability to repair and heal itself under the right circumstances. Elissa H. Patterson, Fortune Well, 15 Mar. 2023 The callous disregard of veterans is a shameful and overlooked tradition in American history. Jason A. Higgins, The Conversation, 17 Aug. 2022 Pinkhassov turns his lens to the overlooked and unnoticed, bringing to life outstanding compositions with his distinctive visual language, encompassing blurred foregrounds, vibrant colors, reflections, and shadows. Vogue, 19 June 2022 In fact, even as screening and treatment have decreased mortality linked to heart attacks in some groups, others remain overlooked or unable to make substantive enough changes to their diets or lives to see much improvement at all. Lauren Gravitz, Scientific American, 19 May 2022 In the context of the United States of America one of the most important and overlooked threads of dark history are the separate Anglo-Saxon streams of settlement in the American colonies prior to independence. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 29 July 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overlooked was in 1674

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“Overlooked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlooked. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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