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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There is no one explanation for what’s sidelining men — data suggest overlapping trends — but Butcher sits at a revealing vantage point. Jeanna Smialek, The Seattle Times, "Millennial men leave perplexing hole in hot US job market," 20 Nov. 2018 From a vantage point in the plaza, visitors also can see the Old Courthouse (where Dred and Harriet Scott pleaded their case to be freed from slavery) and downtown St. Louis. Mary Forgione,, "Gateway Arch's $380-million makeover brings renovated museum and visitor center — and a new name," 4 July 2018 In the video, apparently recorded by a neighbor from a second-story vantage point, a woman could be heard gasping as gunshots ring out below. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Pennsylvania officer who killed Antwon Rose charged with criminal homicide," 27 June 2018 The same gestures and vantage points and compositions are repeated, and the images come out so uncannily similar that it’s as though everyone were subject to the same set of instructions. New York Times, "Take a Photo Here," 27 June 2018 To be clear, Hughes did not expect his flight to demonstrate Earth’s flatness to him; nineteen hundred feet up, or even a mile, is too low of a vantage point. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "Across the World in 80 Days," 31 May 2018 As the president delivered a creative set of extra-inflammatory remarks, mocking the #MeToo movement and condemning NATO before a crowd of nearly 7,000, my nose-bleed seat provided the perfect metaphorical vantage point. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Student Journalists are More Important Than Ever Before in the Trump Era," 18 July 2018 The agency urged those watching the week’s various fireworks displays from vantage points afloat to be watchful, and move deliberately, and use anchor lights. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Four injured in boat collision during fireworks display," 2 July 2018 Even from the best vantage points, some photographers might miss an interesting detail in their own pictures. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods' yacht emerges as celebrity during U.S. Open week in New York," 13 June 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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