Thesaurus

outlook

noun

Synonyms of outlook

1 a high place or structure from which a wide view is possible
  • the cliff-top outlook provides an expansive view of the sleepy village down in the valley

Synonyms for outlook

Words Related to outlook

2 a way of looking at or thinking about something
  • tried to keep a cheerful outlook on life

Synonyms for outlook

Words Related to outlook

Phrases Synonymous with outlook

3 all that can be seen from a certain point
  • the outlook from the tower is spectacular in all directions

Synonyms for outlook

Words Related to outlook

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About outlook

How does the noun outlook differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of outlook are anticipation, foretaste, and prospect. While all these words mean "an advance realization of something to come," outlook suggests a forecasting of the future.

a favorable outlook for the economy

Where would anticipation be a reasonable alternative to outlook?

The synonyms anticipation and outlook are sometimes interchangeable, but anticipation implies a prospect or outlook that involves advance suffering or enjoyment of what is foreseen.

the anticipation of her arrival

When is foretaste a more appropriate choice than outlook?

In some situations, the words foretaste and outlook are roughly equivalent. However, foretaste implies an actual though brief or partial experience of something forthcoming.

the frost was a foretaste of winter

When could prospect be used to replace outlook?

While in some cases nearly identical to outlook, prospect implies expectation of a particular event, condition, or development of definite interest or concern.

the prospect of a quiet weekend

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About outlook

Time Traveler for outlook

Time Traveler

The first known use of outlook was in 1667

See more words from the same year

Thesaurus Entries Near outlook

outliving

outlook

outlooks

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Outlook.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/outlook. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on outlook

Nglish: Translation of outlook for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of outlook for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!