What does overlooking a person mean


[ verb oh-ver-look; nounoh-ver-look ]

/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈlʊk; noun ˈoʊ vərˌlʊk /


verb (used with object)

to fail to notice, perceive, or consider: to overlook a misspelled word.

to disregard or ignore indulgently, as faults or misconduct: Only a parent could overlook that kind of behavior.

to look over, as from a higher position: a balcony that overlooks the ballroom.

to afford a view over; look down or out upon: a hill overlooking the sea.

to rise above: The Washington Monument overlooks the tidal basin.

to excuse; pardon: a minor infraction we can overlook this time.

to look over in inspection, examination, or perusal: They allowed us to overlook the proposed contract.

to look after, oversee, or supervise: She has to overlook a large number of employees.

Archaic. to look upon with the evil eye; bewitch.


terrain, as on a cliff, that affords an attractive vista or a good view: Miles of landscape could be seen from the overlook.

Words nearby overlook

overlie, overline, overlive, overload, overlong, overlook, overlooker, overlord, overly, overlying, overman

Origin of overlook

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at over-, look


un·o·ver·looked, adjective



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  • Moments like these could cause ticket-buyers to squirm or, perhaps, reflect on their own capacity to overlook and forgive.

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  • "If you'll leave off trying to set up science in the place of God we'll overlook your lack of tact," he conceded finally.

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  • He felt suddenly that for her sake he could overlook some of Mr. Grayson's faults, or at least seek to amend them.

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  • He was so unlike the ordinary run of landlords that one could only repose confidence in him and overlook small inattentions.

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  • We are always meekly asked, even by the most supercilious, to overlook shortcomings, and condone.

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  • It was a small part of the deck that I could overlook, but enough for our purpose.

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British Dictionary definitions for overlook


verb (ˌəʊvəˈlʊk) (tr)

to fail to notice or take into account

to disregard deliberately or indulgently

to look at or over from abovethe garden is overlooked by the prison

to afford a view of from abovethe house overlooks the bay

to rise above

to look after

to look at carefully

to bewitch or cast the evil eye upon (someone)

noun (ˈəʊvəˌlʊk) US

a high place affording a view

an act of overlooking

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Words related to overlook

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