\ 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 The findings paint a surprisingly bullish view from the C-Suite given the carnage in the US economy and warnings from health experts of a second wave of coronavirus infections. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, May 29," 29 May 2020 Still, in the short term, a wider view of the Indiana economy without motorsports feels bleak. Michael Mccleary, Indianapolis Star, "As racing returns, small motorsports business owners wonder if their work could run out," 29 May 2020 The one time this changes is during a particularly long take about half an hour into the film, where the audience gets a sweeping view of what’s happening across the town. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "How ‘The Vast of Night’ aims to tell a retro sci-fi story with a fresh touch," 28 May 2020 To take a 30,000-foot view of things: Why does this happen? Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Lindsey Graham: 'Not a bad idea' for Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on police violence," 28 May 2020 Wasabi head David Friend said the latest round involved family investment offices that often take more of a longer-term view than venture capitalists; the lead investor was Forestay Capital, overseen by Swiss entrepreneur Ernesto Bertarelli., "CVS Health tests self-driving vehicle prescription delivery," 28 May 2020 The old window gave a grand view of Yellow Tree, trunk to branch. Hilary Leichter, Harper's Magazine, "Terrace Story," 25 May 2020 Security features include a privacy view that turns the screen dark for anyone but the user. NBC News, "The best laptops for college students in 2020," 22 May 2020 When a mama robin began laying eggs in the covered area above his porch of his Apex home, Seth Sinclair installed a security camera to get a better view of the family, reports WRAL. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This North Carolina Dad Set up a Livestream of a Robin's Nest and We Can’t Stop Watching," 21 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The warning label prevented the tweet from being shared or liked, though it could still be viewed by users. Hearst Television, Houston Chronicle, "White House placed on lockdown during protesting," 30 May 2020 When mail-in voting means military ballots, which GOP operatives view as favorable to their cause, Republicans have no worries about mail-in fraud or ballot tampering. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: GOP loved mail-in voting when it saved the 2000 election for Bush," 30 May 2020 The president is viewed favorably by 42.6% and unfavorably by 54.3% in the RealClearPolitics polling average over the same period of time. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump's 2020 challenge: Biden is his first opponent voters actually like," 29 May 2020 At College of the Arts, students’ collections were viewed by people who wouldn’t have been able to attend otherwise, such as Sara Kozlowski, director of education and professional development at Council of Fashion Designers of America. Flora Tsapovsky,, "Bay Area’s fashion design students nip and tuck their collections from home," 28 May 2020 Marathon Partners criticizes the discount cosmetic company’s cost structure, executive-compensation plan and stock performance in documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "Marathon Partners to Launch Proxy Fight With e.l.f. Beauty," 27 May 2020 The video, posted on Twitter, had been viewed nearly 27,000 times by early Tuesday evening. Sarah Brookbank,, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: Latest reopenings; cases; Beshear won't 'back down'; CDC clarifies guidance, again," 27 May 2020 The video, which had been viewed more than 16 million times by early Tuesday, has sparked outrage. NBC News, "White woman calls NYPD after black man asks her to put dog on leash, sparking outrage online," 26 May 2020 The video, posted on Twitter, had been viewed nearly 27,000 times by early Tuesday evening. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "'I wouldn't go there': Beshear blasts Lexington bar for Memorial Day weekend crowd," 26 May 2020

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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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“View.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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