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: extent or range of vision : sight
tried to keep the ship in view
sat high in the bleachers to get a good view
: the act of seeing or examining : inspection
also : survey
a view of English literature
: a mode or manner of looking at or regarding something
: an opinion or judgment colored by the feeling or bias of its holder
in my view the plan will fail
: scene, prospect
the lovely view from the balcony
: the foreseeable future
no hope in view
: a pictorial representation


2 of 2


viewed; viewing; views

transitive verb

: to look at attentively : scrutinize, observe
view an exhibit
: see, watch
: to look on in a particular light : regard
doesn't view himself as a rebel
: to survey or examine mentally : consider
view all sides of a question
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
Choose the Right Synonym for view

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Russian and Ukrainian forces are increasingly using these first-person–view drones, combined with other low-tier drones used for reconnaissance and targeting, to suppress opposing forces. Paul Lushenko, The Conversation, 16 Feb. 2024 So enjoy the view, but please show respect for the flowers and grower: do not enter the fields without the grower's express consent. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 This is a sponsored post, and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Mercury News or its staff. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 There is a broad range of views in the Jewish community as to whether and when critique of Israel veers into antisemitism. Dana Goldstein, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Years of political bickering and court challenges have left no clear view of what the future could hold. Raf Casert, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 Dexter Gordon’s voice on the soundtrack, combined with the view, as seen today, of the place where such events may have occurred, creates a mental image stronger than any dramatic reënactment could have done. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 The TikTok Billboard Top 50 is a weekly ranking of the most popular songs on TikTok in the United States based on creations, video views and user engagement. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, 15 Feb. 2024 But by Wednesday morning, the video had already spread to X, where a graphic clip of Mohn holding his father’s head remained on the platform for at least seven hours and received 20,000 views. Haleluya Hadero, Fortune, 3 Feb. 2024
Navalny was serving multiple prison sentences, including a 19-year sentence on charges of extremism that his supporters widely view as politically motivated. James Farrell, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Investigators were able to view pictures of packages that were dropped off at a U.S. Postal Service Office and later delivered to the two addresses. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2024 Not an unmitigated disaster, a potential breezy low-key viewing experience, and, quite possibly, a camp classic destined for midnight screenings. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 Currently under construction is a third tree house, dubbed the Trophy Tree House, which will have a Japanese tea room theme and be equipped with two futons, a flushable toilet, and a rooftop viewing area. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Navalny, a longtime critic and political opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was serving a 19-year sentence on extremism charges that many viewed as politically motivated. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Robinson and Wolf were both placed on leave in December after posting messages on their private social media accounts that some viewed as antisemitic. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Procreation is often viewed as a personal or private choice that should not be scrutinized. Trevor Hedberg, The Conversation, 15 Feb. 2024 The media, particularly in sports, are often viewed as the megaphone that amplifies the team’s messages to the fan base. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of view was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“View.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: the act of seeing or examining
: a brief study or description
a view of foreign literature
: opinion sense 1
state your views
: all that can be seen from a certain point
a house with a view of the lake
: range of vision
out of view
: goal sense 2
with a view to winning honors
: the foreseeable future
no hope in view
: a picture of a place


2 of 2 verb
: see entry 1 sense 1a
view a film
: to look at carefully : study
view an exhibit on birds
viewable adjective

Medical Definition


: 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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