\ 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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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


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.


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

The location is fantastic, with privacy and views that go on for days. Ramona Sentinel, "Home of the Week - 1331 Ash St. Ramona," 13 June 2019 Deepfakes are becoming increasingly common — look no farther than Instagram where a bogus video of Mark Zuckerberg attracted many views this week. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: It's time for Congress to address deepfakes, experts say," 13 June 2019 About $105,000 on Cardinals tickets The settlement lays out opposed views of how public funds are to be used at charter schools. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school operators agree to pay back $180K spent on sports tickets, personal care," 13 June 2019 The Sentinel reported that state Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-District 47, had similar views. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Concerns, Controversy Surround the Planned Construction of a Memorial and Museum at Pulse Nightclub, Site of 2016 Mass Shooting," 13 June 2019 Set out on a hike along a panoramic trail that provides breathtaking views of Eyjafjallajökull. National Geographic, "Iceland Hiking Adventure," 12 June 2019 When asked if comments about their relationship, which became public in January, ever bother them, the couple had opposing views. Becky Randel,, "What is Bachelorette Couple Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick’s Biggest Disagreement?," 12 June 2019 Still, in the wake of the Durant situation, expect players to seek even more outside views. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Has Heat medical prudence been justified by Durant situation?," 12 June 2019 The bar, on the roof of the Moxy Hotel south of Times Square, features a mini-golf course and sweeping views of the Empire State Building and other Big Apple landmarks. CBS News, "Cuba Gooding Jr. to turn himself in to police over groping charge, lawyer says," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It will be viewed more suspiciously, which keeps the public from understanding how tirelessly owners, trainers and others work and spare no expense to try to prevent horse fatalities from occurring. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "As horses keep dying on the track, the industry is left to answer impossible questions," 13 June 2019 Warwick has always been viewed as one of the more stable communities in Rhode Island, but the third-largest city has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. Dan Mcgowan,, "Five key questions ahead of today’s state budget reveal. What’s wrong with Warwick? The abortion rights bill gets a vote.," 13 June 2019 Beyond equity in public housing, the rule is viewed as a means to break down structural disparities created over the years by government decision-making and unequal treatment of minorities. Bill Lambrecht,, "Julián Castro draws on HUD experience as 2020 candidates pitch affordable housing plans," 13 June 2019 Opponents worried the agency would expand the militarization of policing in Mexico, which is largely viewed as ineffective and prone to civil rights abuses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Military officials recruiting civilians for National Guard in Baja California," 13 June 2019 However, if a child is viewed inside a bathroom with a camera, the punishment is increased to a year in county jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,000. Allen Kim, CNN, "Dr Disrespect Twitch account suspended, E3 pass revoked for illegal bathroom stream," 12 June 2019 Going into the season, the Indians were viewed as having one of the best starting rotations in baseball. Marc Bona,, "Indians’ Mike Clevinger looks strong in rehab start in Akron (video)," 11 June 2019 Her floor routine was set to all-female musicians from Beyoncé to Tina Turner and was viewed by millions. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Meet Glamour's 2019 College Women of the Year," 11 June 2019 While the odds of getting Congress to hike the federal minimum wage is viewed as a long shot, an effort to pass paternity leave legislation could be successful, according to one prominent person advocating for it, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Target expands parental leave and child care benefits to include part-time workers," 11 June 2019

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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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