\ 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 Both have a lot of the same philosophical views and a lot of the same values. Mark Inabinett |, al, "New York Giants coach explains what he learned from Nick Saban," 9 Jan. 2020 In these latest incidents, travelers claim that US officials had some of their phones confiscated, questioned them about their political views and social media activity, and ordered them to hand over their social media passwords. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, "An Iranian Hacking Campaign, Social Media Surveillance, and More News," 9 Jan. 2020 The museum didn’t say how long the work will be on view. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art installs ‘Snowman’ sculpture in atrium," 7 Jan. 2020 The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+. Nolan King, MMA Junkie, "Conor McGregor: Khabib Nurmagomedov 'can run, but he cannot hide' from rematch," 3 Jan. 2020 Art Encounters at MFAH An art-making experiences led by local artist and inspired by art and exhibitions currently on view. Houston Chronicle, "The Go List: Michael Jackson Tribute, Gio Chamba," 2 Jan. 2020 The standards those boards use to investigate claims and the process itself often is so shrouded from public view that some victims say they weren’t allowed to attend when their allegations were discussed. Meghan Hoyer, The Denver Post, "Hundreds of accused clergy left off Catholic Church’s sex abuse lists," 28 Dec. 2019 The developer of Essex Landing in Saugus set off alarm bells around town when a certain beloved orange T.rex, rescued from a defunct putt-putt course, disappeared from clear view of Route 1 drivers during school vacation week in April., "The perfect gift for the harried commuter in your life:," 26 Dec. 2019 This summer, many of the students were assigned to write about children who appeared to have essentially disappeared from public view. Lizzie Feidelson, The New Republic, "The Kids Profiling Every Single Child Killed by Guns," 26 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To view inspection reports online or learn more about food inspections, visit the health department website. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Brown slime highlights Houston restaurant violations (Dec. 30 - Jan. 5)," 9 Jan. 2020 But those systems have to view exposed skin over pulse points, meaning the drones must hover much closer. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "A Drone’s-Eye View of the Quick and the Dead," 9 Jan. 2020 Courts tend to view litigation between the Legislative and Executive branches with unease. Time, "'We've Upped the Ante.' Why Nancy Pelosi Is Going All in Against Trump," 9 Jan. 2020 This To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video WATCH 50 People Name the Most Famous Movies Set in Their State Share Tweet Email More... Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What You Can Do to Help During the Australia Bushfires," 6 Jan. 2020 Equally unfortunate, within the U.S., too many politicians continue to view Europe as a post-historical region for which Brussels can manage lingering trouble spots without active American diplomacy. Ryan Meilak, National Review, "A New Year’s Resolution for the Transatlantic Community," 3 Jan. 2020 The standard method is to view pairs of bullets side by side under a split-screen microscope to see if the striations line up. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "NIST digitized the bullets that killed JFK," 30 Dec. 2019 Every summer, boatloads of visitors journey here for the gleaming black-sand beaches, and as many as 500 travelers trek to the island’s summit each sunset to view the lava fireworks against the night sky. Andrea Frazzetta, National Geographic, "What it’s like to live in the shadow of an active volcano," 29 Dec. 2019 To view the World Vision Gift catalog, visit Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Terminally ill boy's Christmas wish to help others granted with help from anonymous donors," 23 Dec. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

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“View.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 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


\ 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

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