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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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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 That view has recently been questioned by economists, including Fed economist Jeremy Rudd, who argues the evidence simply doesn’t show expectations actually drive inflation. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Conservative groups took the opposite view, saying the commission was too aggressive., 15 Oct. 2021 The free-to-view advertising supported short film channels will initially be available in the U.K., Italy, Spain and throughout the Nordics, via the Rakuten TV branded remote-control and pre-installed app on smart TV devices. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 Oct. 2021 If all goes well, the high-speed smashup will occur next fall just 7 million miles away, within full view of ground telescopes. NBC News, 15 Oct. 2021 The atmospheric Frognerseteren lodge is the perfect place to grab a warming cup of coffee while admiring the top-down view of Oslo. David Nikel, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Momani said this is the most significant reform attempt in three decades, though the latest ideas generated little excitement in Jordan, where many view promises of change with skepticism. Karin Laub, ajc, 15 Oct. 2021 One of the most exciting parts about this charming neighborhood other than it’s breathtaking view of the mountain range is the future park and trail system. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 The 29-year-old rapper was born in 1992, and has garnered comparisons to musicians like Kendrick Lamar and Joey BadA$$ for his deft perspective view on the world. Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 14 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Outfielder Alek Thomas had a big year split between Double-A and Triple-A, and the Diamondbacks have perhaps a half-dozen, if not more, pitching prospects whom scouts view as future starters, several of whom could be ready next year. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 Florida said the law was intended to ban social media companies from censoring others’ content, kicking users off their platforms or manipulating algorithms so fewer people can view certain posts. Ariana Aspuru,, 4 Oct. 2021 Morey said Calvary Fellowship’s program will view depression through a Christian lens, but maintained that people of any faith — or no faith — could benefit. Don Stacom,, 4 Oct. 2021 To view the coalition's position statement on CWD and deer farms, visit Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 2021 Aircraft were sent up to view the breadth of the spill, and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network was monitoring for tainted wildlife. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 Like other Bridgeway funds, this portfolio isn’t characteristic of those that most investors view as being actively managed. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2021 The students who view their lessons not as a means to an end but as an end in themselves do best in the long run. Bruce Weinstein, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 The commission is drawing districts To view the commission’s schedule for upcoming public meetings, click here. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 2 Oct. 2021

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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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The first known use of view was in the 14th century

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18 Oct 2021

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\ ˈvyü How to pronounce view (audio) \

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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