\ 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

Rocío Nahle, the energy secretary, shares the president’s views. The Economist, "Mexico’s finance minister falls out with its populist president," 13 July 2019 But if more and more intelligence becomes opaque, how will policy makers understand the views and abilities of their adversaries and perhaps even allies? The Atlantic, "The Metamorphosis," 11 July 2019 So far, the effort has paid off compared to pricey Super Bowl TV ads, with millions of online views and positive feedback. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "'Hawkeye' Jeremy Renner headlines Summer of Jeep ad campaign," 11 July 2019 Yet this view presents a common and crucial fiction: that our bodies remain unchanged by our technologies. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019 Powell emphasized that his disagreement with Shelton's view should not be construed as a comment on her fitness to serve on the Fed. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Fed chair Jay Powell calls return to gold standard a bad idea," 10 July 2019 Majorities of veterans and the general public agree that the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t worth fighting, and hold similar views about the ongoing US military campaign in Syria. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Two-thirds of veterans say the Iraq war wasn’t worth fighting," 10 July 2019 Hensley's views are shared by a majority of veterans. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Survey: Majority of veterans say wars in Afghanistan and Iraq not worth the cost," 10 July 2019 Kuala Lumpur is a bustling, vibrant city filled with one-of-a-kind experiences, friendly locals, tasty foods and picturesque views. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: The Colorful Streets of Kuala Lumpur Will Bring You Joy," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Here's where some of the biggest viewing parties — with an emphasis on party — will be Sunday. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's where you can watch the U.S. team in the Women's World Cup finals in the Milwaukee area," 3 July 2019 As part of the event, Trump will deliver remarks and will view a flyover of military aircraft. Christina Prignano,, "What to know about President Trump’s Salute to America," 3 July 2019 Her message: Those who view Lyme as a debilitating, chronic illness are wrong. Samantha Lauriello,, "The New York Times Ran an Article Saying Lyme Disease Is No Big Deal—and People Are Furious," 1 July 2019 It was used on a viewing stand in front of the White House during Franklin Roosevelt’s third inauguration in 1941. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "He has a real eagle eye — Wabasha man’s collection is the largest in the country," 29 June 2019 The outdoor soccer viewing party at Sue Bierman Park, arranged by the city’s Recreation and Park department after the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals, was fun for just about everybody except vendor Jim Davis. Steve Rubenstein,, "It’s free, it’s outdoors and the U.S. women keep winning," 28 June 2019 No matter what your viewing angle is, one thing is crystal clear: this is a serious, full-size SUV built for doing full-size SUV things. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Go big and go home: The BMW X7 reviewed," 28 June 2019 Mark Wilson/Getty Images Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: “I’m with him”," 13 July 2019 Such a move would fulfill the wishes of many in Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party and other hardliners who view the swath of land that extends to the Jordan River as part of biblical Israel. Time, "Netanyahu Keeps Plans on West Bank Annexation Close to His Chest," 11 July 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


\ 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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