\ ˈvyü How to pronounce view (audio) \

Definition of view

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : extent or range of vision : sight tried to keep the ship in view sat high in the bleachers to get a good view
2 : the act of seeing or examining : inspection also : survey a view of English literature
3a : a mode or manner of looking at or regarding something
b : an opinion or judgment colored by the feeling or bias of its holder in my view the plan will fail
4 : scene, prospect the lovely view from the balcony
5 : the foreseeable future no hope in view
6 : a pictorial representation
in view of
: in regard to : in consideration of
on view
: open to public inspection : on exhibition
with a view to
: with the object of studied hard with a view to getting an A


viewed; viewing; views

Definition of view (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to look at attentively : scrutinize, observe view an exhibit
2a : see, watch
b : to look on in a particular light : regard doesn't view himself as a rebel
3 : to survey or examine mentally : consider view all sides of a question

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opinion, view, belief, conviction, persuasion, sentiment mean a judgment one holds as true. opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute. each expert seemed to have a different opinion view suggests a subjective opinion. very assertive in stating his views belief implies often deliberate acceptance and intellectual assent. a firm belief in her party's platform conviction applies to a firmly and seriously held belief. the conviction that animal life is as sacred as human persuasion suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth. was of the persuasion that everything changes sentiment suggests a settled opinion reflective of one's feelings. her feminist sentiments are well-known

Examples of view in a Sentence

Noun The views expressed herein are strictly those of the author. There is no evidence to support that view. The ship slowly sailed out of view. The ship disappeared from view. Verb The building is most impressive when viewed from the front. A medical examiner is now viewing the evidence. The program was viewed by millions of people. Different people view this problem in different ways.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Peacock streaming service, and WWE holds at least one pay-per-view every month, compared with AEW’s quarterly events. Hank Tucker, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Moreno shouted into the microphone in Spanish, telling the thousands in attendance and the many more watching on pay-per-view that indeed, it can be done. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2021 The 6-foot-10 Odom, 41, knocked out Carter, who is 10 inches shorter, in the first round of the fight, which was offered as a pay-per-view livestream on Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 12 June 2021 The pay-per-view will be headlined by a Middleweight Championship bout between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 12 June 2021 Social Gloves: Battle of the Platforms starts at 7 p.m. ET and is available to stream by pay-per-view, which costs $49.99. Rachel Trent, CNN, 12 June 2021 Female pro boxers, led by Christy Martin, Laila Ali, and Ann Wolfe, are featured on male boxing cards and pay-per-view TV., 11 June 2021 The projected pay-per-view figures from the Mayweather-Paul fight would rank about 25th, according to Tapology. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Chávez versus De La Hoya was not available on pay-per-view. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Esptein suggests using a pinhole projector to view the annular solar eclipse. Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 8 June 2021 Apple users will now be able to schedule FaceTime calls on their calendars, send meeting links to other participants, share their screens, and view all callers in a grid. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 7 June 2021 The outdoor space at the nature center, which used to be surrounded by barbed-wire fencing, now features a seating area with bistro tables and chairs where community members can gather to view the lake and gardens. cleveland, 7 June 2021 Another barrier is opposition from local governments and from homeowners, who have a tendency to view rental properties, even if indistinguishable from their own homes, as bad for residential property values, builders say. Will Parker, WSJ, 7 June 2021 JioSaavn is harnessing some of that passion with JioSaavnTV, a new feature that launched last month through which users on Android mobile devices can view music videos and video playlists organized by genre, moods, charts and films. Amit Gurbaxani, Billboard, 7 June 2021 There is an understandable tendency to view global actions by the People’s Republic of China as the natural expression of the strength and confidence of the Communist regime in Beijing. Therese Shaheen, National Review, 7 June 2021 Lucadello would watch from the outfield or the baselines — even, sometimes, from a tree — to view prospects from various angles while keeping his distance from rival scouts. New York Times, 6 June 2021 But the jurors, who returned to the courtroom to view that confession and several portions of the video evidence an hour after the closing arguments concluded, returned a guilty verdict in less than three hours Friday afternoon. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'view.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of view


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for view


Middle English vewe, vyewe, from Anglo-French, from feminine of veu, viewe, past participle of veer to see, from Latin vidēre — more at wit

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20 Jun 2021

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“View.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of view

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an opinion or way of thinking about something
: the things that can be seen from a particular place
: a picture of a place



English Language Learners Definition of view (Entry 2 of 2)

: to look at (something) carefully
: to see or watch (a movie, a TV show, etc.)
: to think about (someone or something) in a particular way


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Kids Definition of view

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : opinion sense 1 In his view, the plan will fail.
2 : all that can be seen from a certain place The house has a view of the lake.
3 : range of vision There is no one in view.
4 : purpose She studies with a view to passing.
5 : a picture that represents something that can be seen The postcard shows a beach view.


viewed; viewing

Kids Definition of view (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to look at carefully We'll view the museum's exhibits.
2 : see entry 1 sense 1 A large audience viewed the movie.
3 : regard entry 2 sense 1 I've always viewed him as a friend.

Other Words from view

viewer noun


\ ˈvyü How to pronounce view (audio) \

Medical Definition of view

: a radiographic image of the body or a body part often taken with the body or part oriented in a standardized way in relation to the imaging beam of radiation

called also projection

— see waters' view

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