vantage point


Definition of vantage point 

: a position or standpoint from which something is viewed or considered especially : point of view

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Examples of vantage point in a Sentence

You can see the whole valley from this vantage point. From our vantage point in the 21st century, it is difficult to imagine life without computers.

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The location of One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel is what sold us: overlooking the water, and just steps from the Cliff Walk path that affords some of the best vantage points in town. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 Dippel explores this history from a range of vantage points. Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘To the Ends of the Earth,’ an ambitious attempt to encompass era of polar exploration," 7 July 2018 There are a number of vantage points to see them, but one of the best spots is Yosemite Village, which connects to a trailhead that goes to the foot of the falls for easy access. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "North America’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls," 18 June 2018 Folks who want to get an up-close-and-personal look at these improvements have a wide variety of vantage points to choose from, including the Blue Water River Walk in Port Huron or Algonac State Park near where the river empties into Lake St. Clair. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Spotlight on the St. Clair River," 26 Mar. 2018 Roe said the declarations reflect the different ways witnesses see an event, depending on their vantage point. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Fatal shooting by Lynnwood police officer was justified, Snohomish County prosecutor reaffirms," 16 Oct. 2018 The Gateway also will be assessed as a platform for the assembly of payloads and systems, by robots or humans, for human and scientific exploration that leverages its unique vantage point in deep space. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bold But Vague: NASA Delivers the Official Road Map for its Future," 26 Sep. 2018 From her vantage point above the passageway, Clio stares at the Congressional comings and goings below her. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "An empty US Capitol after McCain’s death is sobering reminder that the clock is ticking," 28 Aug. 2018 Judge Kavanaugh’s vantage point—a bench with caseloads packed with challenges to federal agency authority—has allowed him to become an influential umpire of the administrative state. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Brett Kavanaugh Has Shown Deep Skepticism of Regulatory State," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of vantage point

1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of vantage point

: a position from which something is viewed or considered

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