outlook

noun

out·​look ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k How to pronounce outlook (audio)
1
a
: a place offering a view
b
: a view from a particular place
2
: point of view
a positive outlook on life
3
: the act of looking out
4
: the prospect for the future
the outlook for steel demand in the U.S. Wall Street Jour.
Choose the Right Synonym for outlook

prospect, outlook, anticipation, foretaste mean an advance realization of something to come.

prospect implies expectation of a particular event, condition, or development of definite interest or concern.

the prospect of a quiet weekend

outlook suggests a forecasting of the future.

a favorable outlook for the economy

anticipation implies a prospect or outlook that involves advance suffering or enjoyment of what is foreseen.

the anticipation of her arrival

foretaste implies an actual though brief or partial experience of something forthcoming.

the frost was a foretaste of winter

Example Sentences

The students all seemed to have the same outlook. Despite our differences in outlook, we got along together very well. scenic outlooks along the highway
Recent Examples on the Web To get a better understanding of the unemployment outlook heading toward the end of the year, I'm now joined by USA TODAY money reporter, Elisabeth Buchwald. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2022 The company has improved its financial performance and outlook by reducing costs, through lower content spending and staff cuts. Patrick Frater, Variety, 22 Nov. 2022 The outlook helped reassure investors after a rocky stretch for the chip business, which is coping with a slowdown in technology spending and the fallout from new rules on exports to China. Ian King, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2022 Looking ahead: There are, of course, huge risks to the outlook. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 22 Nov. 2022 Pereira says global growth in 2022 will rise by about 3.1%—a relatively optimistic outlook, given the severe energy crisis that has hit the world since Feb. 24, when Ukraine was invaded by Russia—a global energy powerhouse until then. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2022 Investors will be watching to see if that 2023 outlook is still intact. Charley Grant, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 The 8- to 14-day outlook shows better probabilities of warmer-than-average temperatures for the entire state through Dec. 4. Leigh Morgan, al, 21 Nov. 2022 None of this is to say that Britain’s economic outlook is at all good. Time, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of outlook was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Outlook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlook. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

outlook

noun

out·​look ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k How to pronounce outlook (audio)
1
a
: a place offering a view
b
: a view from a particular place
2
3
: conditions that seem to lie ahead
the outlook for business

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