\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from view


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

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: Noun The finish line is in view for the last two candidates in Alabama’s race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate that started 17 months ago. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama Senate campaign down to last day for Sessions, Tuberville," 13 July 2020 But the state always kept questionable whites in view. Audrey Farley, The New Republic, "When Cops Kill White People, Black Lives Still Matter," 9 July 2020 Taken altogether, these rapid, major changes in the practice of science represent a Kuhnian paradigm shift, in Doudna's view. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "3 ways science will never be the same after COVID-19," 7 July 2020 Much of the increase in fireworks activity, in Sopkovich’s view, had to do with ongoing confusion with pending fireworks laws in Ohio. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Busy but safe July 4 for Brunswick area police agencies," 7 July 2020 The process of science generally takes place below the radar of public awareness, and so this uncertainty is not generally in view. Mark R. O'brian, The Conversation, "Retractions and controversies over coronavirus research show that the process of science is working as it should," 6 July 2020 Occasionally they are tucked away behind the register, but often they are stacked on the shelves in full view. Fedora Abu,, "Why More Young Women Of Color Are Saying No To Skin Lightening," 30 June 2020 This crisis has led to a big shift in the overall view of the sector and the industry. Steven Levy, Wired, "The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic," 30 June 2020 Still, the effect may not be pronounced enough to counteract the difference in view. Popular Science, "Panasonic’s new vlogging camera uses facial recognition tracking to isolate the sound of your voice," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the recent destruction of monuments to Junipero Serra, the founder of the California mission system -- whom Indigenous activists view as a symbol of oppression -- will be a factor in the investigation, Capt. Fox News, "Catholic churches burned, vandalized over weekend as police investigate: 'Where's the outrage?'," 14 July 2020 The best days to view the comet during the evening will come during the July 14-19 time frame. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "How to watch for spectacular Comet Neowise – before it disappears for 6,800 years," 14 July 2020 The cost to download the video and view the play is up to you. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Sniff out some new activities during the dog days of summer: Valley Views," 13 July 2020 And the highest-quality polls suggest that a majority of Native Americans view the name as innocent. Washington Post, "Corporate money, Black Lives Matter protests and elites’ opinion drove Redskins name change," 13 July 2020 To view available homes, including photos, videos and virtual tours, visit Dallas News, "New homes ready for move-in," 12 July 2020 As public records, these forms are available to anyone who wishes to view them. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: When buying or selling a home, be sure to get it in writing," 11 July 2020 The semifinals will be July 27 with a price of $19.99 to view. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Mike Bibby gearing up to play in pay-per-view pro basketball invitational this month," 11 July 2020 To view the other names on the list, visit: Marina Starleaf Riker,, "A dozen Catholic leaders who worked in S.A. named on list for sexually abusing children," 10 July 2020

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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about view

Time Traveler for view

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for view

Last Updated

25 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“View.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for view


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


\ ˈvyü How to pronounce view (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on view

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for view

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with view

Spanish Central: Translation of view

Nglish: Translation of view for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of view for Arabic Speakers

Comments on view

What made you want to look up view? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!