- to look at from above
- to give a view of from above
- to rise above; overtop
- to look over or beyond and not see; fail to notice
- to ignore; neglect
- to pass over indulgently; excuse
- to oversee; supervise
- Now Rare to inspect; look over
- Archaic to bewitch by looking at
This vantage point overlooks a beautiful valley.
- The definition of an overlook is a high place that provides a view of the surroundings.
An example of an overlook is a cliff above a valley.
- To overlook is defined as to look at from a high place, or to miss something by mistake or on purpose.
- An example of to overlook is to view a valley from the top of a cliff.
- An example of to overlook is to not count one absence by a student.
transitive verbo·ver·looked, o·ver·look·ing, o·ver·looks
- a. To look over or at from a higher place: We overlooked the valley from the cliff.b. To afford a view over: The tower overlooks the sea.
- a. To fail to notice or consider; miss: Even the editor overlooked this error.b. To ignore deliberately or indulgently; disregard: I'll overlook that remark if you leave now.
- Archaic a. To look over; examine: overlook a manuscript for errors.b. To manage; supervise: overlook farm hands.
(third-person singular simple present overlooks, present participle overlooking, simple past and past participle overlooked)
- To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to rise above, so as to command a view of
- to overlook a valley from a hill
- Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly
- to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter
- To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly.
- To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate.
- To fail to notice; to look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking.
- To pretend not to have noticed, especially a mistake; to pass over without censure or punishment.
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- Someone was building a log house so close that they could overlook her farm.
- He chose to overlook the idea of his nishani cursing like a man at battle.
- Beyond this point the Anglo-Russian Commission of 1895 demarcated a line to the snowfields and glaciers which overlook the Chinese border.
- He chose to overlook Cora's disappointment at how close she'd been to home without being able to go back.
- But the definiteness of this line should not cause us to overlook the fact that there was during these centuries much confusion of custom and practice.