\ˈvyü \

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 \ 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


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

Today, with questions about the reliability of relations with the United States (which some here view as a fading force) and worries about North Korea, the country is taking steps to bolster its presence in space with key military assets. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 While not all would share similar styles—or even agree with Saarinen’s philosophy or approach—many said his view on communities (and use of models and relentless pursuit of new ideas) was an inspiration. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 As Shane details in his TanaCon expose, which has racked up more than 45 million views, the event was shut down on its first day due to overcrowding and safety concerns. Kat Tenbarge, Teen Vogue, "A Documentary About Tana Mongeau's Controversial TanaCon Won a Streamy Award," 23 Oct. 2018 Side view: And the light bouncing down on her doesn't hurt. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Wait, Did Meghan Markle Just Revive the Bump-It?," 19 Oct. 2018 When Harry and Meghan tied the knot, George and Amal had one of the best views of the couple in St. George's Chapel. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why George and Amal Clooney Didn't Attend Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The president's rhetoric has given white nationalists and neo-Nazis permission to express their radical, unethical, and inhumane views, which is one of the many reasons fans—and celebrities—are confused and concerned about West's support for Trump. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Lana Del Rey, Hero, Responds to Kanye West Wearing a MAGA Hat (Again)," 1 Oct. 2018 Fortunately, not every social media user has such ridiculous views, and many stood up for True and her mom, calling out the hateful, racist, and colorist comments about True's appearance. Andrea Park, Allure, "Khloé Kardashian Disabled Her Instagram Comments After Racist Trolls 5-Month-Old Daughter True," 19 Sep. 2018 This exciting ride will take you along rugged trails and give you an up close and personal view of the the local flora and fauna that define the landscape. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the top right of the application window there is also a settings option, as well as a reports section for seeing what’s been quarantined, viewing system monitor events, and security event history. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "K7 Ultimate Security review: Simple yet sophisticated," 28 Aug. 2018 Navalny has faced numerous criminal charges in the past that are widely viewed as attempts by the Kremlin to sideline him. Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Seattle Times, "Russian opposition leader Navalny barred from leaving Russia," 13 Nov. 2018 Facebook and Instagram removed the video for violating their rules; Twitter left it up, and it has been viewed more than 95,000 times. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The fake video era of US politics has arrived on Twitter," 9 Nov. 2018 While some people view photos with flecks of light—or orbs, as they're often known—as a sign of supernatural activity, the society doesn't. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "4 Signs Your House Might Be Haunted," 5 Oct. 2018 To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video WATCH Ars Live #26: Oakland’s Revolutionary Approach to Privacy Share Tweet Email More... Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How Oakland sets the new standard for meaningful police tech oversight," 2 Oct. 2018 But Tommi Lindh, Managing Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, believes that the bidding period has been extended because none of these offers are viewed as a good match. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Alvar Aalto’s iconic sanatorium under threat as new buyer sought," 27 Sep. 2018 Some view the company as hypocritical for burdening taxpayers with the lion’s share of the cleanup bill, given the family’s reputation as fiscal conservatives and critical of government spending. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Cleanups at Pence family's failed gas stations costing taxpayers millions: report," 14 July 2018 In his second year in office, 20% of respondents viewed Obama as one of the best presidents. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Barack Obama Is the Greatest President of Our Lifetime, Say 44% of Americans.," 12 July 2018

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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


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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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