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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

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

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

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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

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The first known use of outlook was in 1667

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“Outlook.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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