\ 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 The Defense Department in late October awarded the contract to Microsoft, an upset victory for a company initially viewed as a distant second to Amazon in the market for cloud computing services., "Amazon plans lawsuit challenging loss of Pentagon cloud deal - The Boston Globe," 15 Nov. 2019 The Defense Department in late October awarded the contract to Microsoft, an upset victory for a company initially viewed as a distant second to Amazon in the market for cloud computing services. Fortune, "Amazon to File Lawsuit After Losing $10 Billion Pentagon Cloud Deal, Citing ‘Unmistakable Bias’," 14 Nov. 2019 Yet they are too seldom discussed, too often ignored, and viewed by too many today as ancient history. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Treaties Between the United States and Indigenous Nations, Explained," 12 Nov. 2019 Under the arrangement, Oyo guaranteed him monthly payments of 700,000 rupees, or around $10,000, for three years, according to a contract viewed by The Times. New York Times, "The SoftBank Effect: How $100 Billion Left Workers in a Hole," 12 Nov. 2019 Hong Kong has been preparing for district council elections viewed as a measure of public sentiment toward the government, scheduled for later this month. Fox News, "Hong Kong police apparently shoot protester in video posted to Facebook," 11 Nov. 2019 The exhibit is free, and best viewed after the sun sets. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "8 things to do in Cleveland on Sunday, Nov. 10," 10 Nov. 2019 Locals would probably have engraved these marks in response to death, illness, poor harvest or other hardships viewed as manifestations of evil. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "You Can Now Explore a 3-D Model of Cave Covered in Creepy ‘Witches’ Marks’," 7 Nov. 2019 As always, the maps are best viewed on a larger screen. al, "Alabama schools struggle compared to southeast states, test shows," 7 Nov. 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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17 Nov 2019

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

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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


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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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