[ verb oh-ver-look; nounoh-ver-look ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈlʊk; noun ˈoʊ vərˌlʊk /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM overlookun·o·ver·looked, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH overlookoverlookoverseeoversight
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Examples from the Web for overlook
In the book, Tavris and Aronson argue that the same ability to overlook minor flaws in a marriage leads to overlooking major ones.
Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?|Amanda Marcotte|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many were just eager to forget, absolve, or overlook serious accusations, simply because doing so would be hugely convenient.
It’s Not Just Cosby: Hollywood’s Long List of Male Scumbags|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it is also a mistake to overlook some important differences.
Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist|Jonathan Rauch|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In reading about ASHA, its current location is hard to overlook—Research Triangle, North Carolina.
STI Awareness Month Is Nothing More Than a Hallmark Holiday for Condoms|Kent Sepkowitz|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moments like these could cause ticket-buyers to squirm or, perhaps, reflect on their own capacity to overlook and forgive.
Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Musical and the Moral Responsibility of an Artist|Brian Spitulnik|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"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.
The Narrow House|Evelyn Scott
He felt suddenly that for her sake he could overlook some of Mr. Grayson's faults, or at least seek to amend them.
The Candidate|Joseph Alexander Altsheler
He was so unlike the ordinary run of landlords that one could only repose confidence in him and overlook small inattentions.
We are always meekly asked, even by the most supercilious, to overlook shortcomings, and condone.
The Book of Khalid|Ameen Rihani
It was a small part of the deck that I could overlook, but enough for our purpose.
English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Words related to overlook
ignore, discount, omit, forget, disregard, dominate, overpass, disdain, miss, slight, pass, stomach, whitewash, forgive, excuse, take, handle, condone, top, inspect
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