\ 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 Behind Hong Kong’s resolve: Locals’ view of a city under siege There’s nowhere quite like Hong Kong. The Christian Science Monitor, "pork says about Chinese identity," 13 Nov. 2019 The respected architect was well known for his focus on detailed finishes as well as evaluating the land to best position a structure in its environment to capture views and natural light. oregonlive, "26-acre Lake Oswego estate is for sale for the first time in a half century at $8 million," 13 Nov. 2019 Halbrook’s video has gone viral, with more than 1.1 million views as of early Wednesday morning. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cleveland’s snow allows Huntington Convention Center roof to become man’s canvas," 13 Nov. 2019 In Tumlin’s view, no problem in San Francisco is insurmountable. Rachel Swan,, "SFMTA’s new leader: Board selects transportation consultant Jeffrey Tumlin," 13 Nov. 2019 In the meeting, help each hear the other’s views and work with the two of them to find solutions or resolutions both agree to. Author: Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, "When a small conflict grows into an all-consuming workplace spat," 12 Nov. 2019 By stripping away the myriad problems financial restraints impose on an individual, stories involving millionaires let scriptwriters focus on emotional tribulations—the deepest feelings a 30,000-foot view from a private jet can afford. Farah Mohammed, Quartzy, "“Succession” and the allure of the millionaire family drama," 12 Nov. 2019 The majestic property is hidden by beautiful scenic views and features a grand reception hall, gourmet kitchen, game room and ample patio spaces. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Castle-like hilltop fortress among Houston's most expensive homes sold in October," 12 Nov. 2019 Major marketing points would be views of the Connecticut River and access to the nearby Founders Bridge and highways. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford working with developers, property owner and the state to redevelop Founders Plaza," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Enceladus is widely viewed as one of the solar system’s best bets to harbor alien life, and the chances are much better in this regard if life has had 4.5 billion years to get going there rather than 100 million. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "Saturn’s Rings May Be Ancient After All," 17 Sep. 2019 Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu was viewed as the top prospect in the 2019 draft before returning to school. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever have young assets, hope to add No. 1 pick to accelerate rebuild," 16 Sep. 2019 The public also is not allowed to view results of inspections because of a decades-old state law. oregonlive, "State inspections of funeral homes fall short in Oregon," 15 Sep. 2019 Senators were asked to sit in audience seats inside the large committee hearing room, with members of the media moved to an upstairs balcony to view the final votes before adjournment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vaccine protester arrested after dropping red liquid onto lawmakers," 14 Sep. 2019 Critics note how these differ from police lineups in which witnesses are asked to view several individuals with similar physical appearances at the same time. Jeremy Gorner,, "Months after facing her cousin’s killer in court, pregnant 18-year-old Treja Kelley was making big plans. Then a gunman stepped from an alley.," 14 Sep. 2019 And there is no reason to view any part of UTSA’s intermittent defensive success as a sign of things to come. Nick Talbot,, "UTSA’s loss to Army not a setback," 14 Sep. 2019 Also notable, when study subjects debated each other, those who used politically correct language were viewed by their debate partners as more susceptible to persuasion. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Politically incorrect speech can be good politics," 13 Sep. 2019 By watching those recordings following the attack, Huntress was able to view exactly how the hacker installed and tracked ransomware on the machines. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The New Target That Enables Ransomware Hackers to Paralyze Dozens of Towns and Businesses at Once," 12 Sep. 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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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


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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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