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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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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 In our view, that produces about a 4.5% rise in global energy demand. David Hodari, WSJ, 12 July 2021 That was the view of Democrats by more than 6 to 1. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 That is also the view of Dr. Kevin Klauer, CEO of the American Osteopathic Association, which oversees the accreditation council. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2021 So many, in fact, that there is seldom a view of the lake from the house. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2021 To your right is a sweeping view of the San Francisco waterfront and Coit Tower. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 Choose a street-facing room on the top floor for what is quite possibly the best view of the Sacré Coeur in town. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 27 June 2021 His central role in nearly every aspect of Trump’s business, revealed in depositions and news interviews over the past three decades, afforded him what former employees say is a singular view of the Trump Organization’s tax liabilities and finances. Washington Post, 21 June 2021 Again, that's a view very much in keeping with Trump's anti-woke crusade. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Quarterback Tanner Morgan is the question mark for Minnesota in its season opener against Ohio State, but the Gophers and Buckeyes should both view Ibrahim as a sure thing. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 13 July 2021 Sources with four other organizations said their club’s scouting departments did not view Lawlar as a signability concern so long as he was taken high in the draft. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 13 July 2021 Adams' comment risked rankling some leading anti-gun violence activists -- in nonpartisan, moderate and progressive spheres -- who view those priorities as deeply intertwined. Greg Krieg, CNN, 13 July 2021 That says a lot about how designers view what is neutral. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 The community is invited to view work by the artist in the main gallery hall. Arkansas Online, 12 July 2021 To view the full list of winners, visit the BMI website. Mia Nazareno, Billboard, 12 July 2021 Santa Clarita’s Hart High School is wrestling with the same conundrum that faced Stanford University and professional sports franchises in Washington and Cleveland — what to do about a team name that many people view as racist. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021 Or will the failure to screen make no difference, affirming the critics’ view that all this testing isn’t worth it?, 11 July 2021

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

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14 Jul 2021

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“View.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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