view·​ing | \ ˈvyü-iŋ How to pronounce viewing (audio) \

Definition of viewing

: an act of seeing, watching, or taking a look especially : an instance or the practice of watching television

Examples of viewing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The title in the Mystery Box will be personalized based on kids’ previous viewing behavior. Todd Spangler, Variety, 19 May 2022 So programmed viewing is not entirely going away, and Netflix and company aren’t just for the big screen on the wall. John Koetsier, Forbes, 18 May 2022 There’s no special viewing equipment necessary to see May 15th’s celestial show. Leada Gore |, al, 15 May 2022 Now, that stage area is the movie theater and the former viewing area for the stage has been turned into a billiards room. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 11 May 2022 With more than 25 years of experience in horticulture, Byrne has partnered with the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy to create a series of group and private tours of the grounds' nature viewing areas such as Bird Island and River Road Trail. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2022 Early on, Nikki has a conversation with a mysterious visitor (Grace Zabriskie), who rambles on about surreal folktales with increasing menace; the exchange terrified me on first viewing and was similarly spine-tingling during this latest one. David Sims, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 For the best viewing times, says to turn your eyes to the sky around 2 a.m. local time and keep watching until dawn. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 4 May 2022 The open-casket viewing is being held in the Capitol Rotunda and is set to last six hours, from 2-8 p.m. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of viewing

1535, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

22 May 2022

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“Viewing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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