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From Anglo-Norman vewe, from Old French veue (French: vue), feminine past participle of veoir (to see) (French: voir).


view (plural views)

view of a city
  1. The act of seeing or looking at something.
    He changed seat to get a complete view of the stage.
    • Milton
      Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view.
    • John Locke
      Objects near our view are thought greater than those of a larger size are more remote.
  2. The range of vision.
    If there are any rabbits in this park, they keep carefully out of our view.
    • Dryden
      The walls of Pluto's palace are in view.
  3. Something to look at, such as scenery.
    My flat has a view of a junkyard.
    the view from a window
    • Campbell
      'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view.
  4. A picture, drawn or painted; a sketch.
    a fine view of Lake George
  5. A mental image.
    I need more information to get a better view of the situation.
    • Shakespeare
      I have with exact view perused thee, Hector.
  6. A way of understanding something, an opinion, a theory.
    Your view on evolution is based on religion, not on scientific findings.
    • John Locke
      to give a right view of this mistaken part of liberty
  7. A point of view.
    From my view that is a stupid proposition.
  8. An intention or prospect.
    He smuggled a knife into prison with a view to using it as a weapon.
    • John Locke
      No man sets himself about anything but upon some view or other which serves him for a reason.
  9. (computing, databases) A virtual or logical table composed of the result set of a query in relational databases.
  10. (computing, programming) The part of a computer program which is visible to the user, the part the user interacts with; a user interface to the underlying logic of the program.
  11. (obsolete) Appearance; show; aspect.
    • Waller
      [Graces] which, by the splendor of her view / Dazzled, before we never knew.
  12. A wake.


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view (third-person singular simple present views, present participle viewing, simple past and past participle viewed)

  1. (transitive) To look at.
    • 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18: 
      Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet. Perhaps we assume that our name, address and search preferences will be viewed by some unseen pair of corporate eyes, probably not human, and don't mind that much.
    He viewed the painting and praised the artist for his masterpiece.
  2. (transitive) To show.
    To view the desktop, click the small desktop icon on the bottom of your screen.



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