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

Among the many other features to be unveiled, large picture windows will overlook the hospital’s outdoor healing garden. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Cancer suvivors celebrate with testimonials, activities," 7 June 2019 At Flora and Routh, overlooking the Dallas Arts District. Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Parties in the park and on the patio and more things to do," 7 June 2019 The sprawling patio and outdoor dining and living rooms overlook the pool, spa and surrounding gardens. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: One of a Kind: A contemporary showplace with inviting ambience and divine updates," 4 June 2019 Despite those trends, experts have found that admissions officers often overlook talent outside their usual recruiting zones. The Washington Post, nola.com, "SAT’s new adversity score system faces its own adversity," 4 June 2019 Tuscany has plenty of wine estates offering agriturismo, but Michele Manelli’s Salcheto estate, overlooking the village of Montepulciano—home to Brunello, one of Italy’s best red wines—is very different. Robert Joseph, A-LIST, "Hired It Through The Grapevine," 2 July 2018 There’s a drawing room with views overlooking the North Sea and Orkney, where a fire is always cackling. Vogue, "The Royal Family Has Opened a New Bed and Breakfast," 15 May 2019 The hotel has 313 rooms, including 11 sumptuous palace suites, plus an opulent pool overlooking the Bosphorus Strait. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Wake Up Call had that too—except instead of more music, there were workout classes, all on a terrace overlooking the Sunset Strip. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There is a new opportunity to get a glimpse of Lake Michigan in Glencoe, as the village has opened an overlook at South Avenue. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe opens new Lake Michigan overlook," 12 June 2018 Visitors can drive along the canyon rim and stop at overlooks or take a short hike to White House Ruin. azcentral, "From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona," 15 May 2015 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

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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 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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