out·​look | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k How to pronounce outlook (audio) \

Definition of outlook

1a : 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.

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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

Examples of outlook in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, investment bank ING Bank cut China’s fourth-quarter growth outlook to 4.3%, down from an earlier forecast of 4.5%. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 This is someone whose growth is paramount to the franchise’s long-term outlook. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Oct. 2021 Still, some positive outlook for Utah’s coal country has emerged, especially in the past year or two. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 Netflix's stock typically thrives or dives after earnings because of the company's subscriber outlook. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 But recent developments in energy markets and outlook — driven by the very policies pushed by ESG advocates — may signal a coming crack-up among the responsible-investing crowd. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 17 Oct. 2021 Read more on the Jazz’s outlook from Forbes contributor Shane Young. Brett Knight, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 Beede and Bianchi discuss defeating ECU changes the outlook for the rest of the 2021 season, share their thoughts on Mikey Keene’s second start, and talk about the loss of defensive tackle Kalia Davis. Charles King, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Oct. 2021 The benefit of the Sallarulo’s Race for Champions over the years is the creation of opportunities the athletes have experienced that has led to a rewarding life filled with happy memories and an outlook for a promising future. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Oct. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'outlook.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of outlook

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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20 Oct 2021

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“Outlook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlook. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outlook

: the way that a person thinks about things
: a set of conditions that will probably exist in the future : the future of someone or something
: a place where you can look out over a wide area also : a view from such a place


out·​look | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlu̇k How to pronounce outlook (audio) \

Kids Definition of outlook

1 : a view from a certain place There are scenic outlooks along the highway.
2 : a way of thinking about or looking at things He has a cheerful outlook.
3 : conditions that seem to lie ahead What's the outlook for business?

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