\ 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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viewable \ ˈvyü-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce viewable (audio) \ adjective

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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 Once in view, the roadster brakes sharply, bangs off an instant downshift, and rotates, casting a net of gravel across the aging tarmac. Josh Jacquot, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder is Music to Our Ears," 19 Mar. 2020 In their view, science and weapons and art have destroyed mankind, and only the cleansing destruction of the sickness can save it. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Why You Should Watch Movies About Pandemics, During Pandemics," 18 Mar. 2020 Debate may be only 1-on-1 match-up Biden and Sanders challenged each other on details of their policy prescriptions, but were united in their view that Democrats must defeat President Donald Trump. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Ahead of Arizona primary, Biden and Sanders debate coronavirus response, immigration," 16 Mar. 2020 In my view, these benefits outweigh many of the potential negatives of bird feeding. Popular Science, "Expert-approved ways to feed all your favorite birds," 8 Mar. 2020 Is that manager a villain, in your view, or just another cog in a flawed capitalist system? Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ken Loach Takes on Gig Economy in New Film: Workers "Absolutely Exploited to Their Bones"," 6 Mar. 2020 Not to mention that the staff, arguing among themselves in full view, were enough to convince even the most diehard Waffle House fan to eat elsewhere that night. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "My Bike Ride Across America," 3 Mar. 2020 In her view, the study could not prove the birds understand in detail how the proportions of tokens in a jar influence the probability of a reward. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "New Zealand birds show humanlike ability to make predictions," 3 Mar. 2020 Yet Marshall was already looking beyond the immediate challenges to define what that victory, when ultimately— and, in his view, inevitably—achieved, was going to signify. Jeff Sharlet, Harpers Magazine, "March 2020," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video WATCH Could Overtime Larry Change the Game of Teen Hoops? Eddie Small, The New Yorker, "ESPN’s Updated Programming Schedule," 21 Mar. 2020 Nearly 200 troops viewed the car that day and base commander Col. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "How a unique muscle car made it to US Army Base Camp in Kuwait," 21 Mar. 2020 Potential adopters can view all the adoptable dogs and cats online, and each profile is linked to an application. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Coronavirus and pets: Why it's a great time to adopt and how you can help shelters," 21 Mar. 2020 Many view social distancing as an effective tool for people who must venture outside. Fox News, "How the coronavirus has redefined personal space," 20 Mar. 2020 Praise-worthy efforts Still, her colleagues viewed her decision as pure selflessness. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Staff shortages nearly closed Waukesha homeless shelters, so a nonprofit director moved into one," 20 Mar. 2020 Despite the results, some of Semmelweis' peers viewed his theory with skepticism. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Know this name: Ignaz Semmelweis, the doctor credited with championing handwashing," 20 Mar. 2020 The driver can also view the hitch and the cargo bed. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Shopping for a new truck? Incentives of up to $7,500 can sweeten the deal," 20 Mar. 2020 That investors view Visa as more resilient than Wall Street is perhaps more revealing even than its still eye-popping $291bn market capitalisation. The Economist, "Schumpeter How Visa became the top dog in global finance," 19 Mar. 2020

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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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23 Mar 2020

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“View.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce view (audio)

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


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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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