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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Indigenous people overlooking Quito, Ecuador


From Middle English overloken, equivalent to over- +‎ look.



overlook ‎(plural overlooks)

  1. A vista or point that gives a beautiful view.



overlook ‎(third-person singular simple present overlooks, present participle overlooking, simple past and past participle overlooked)

  1. 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
  2. Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly.
    to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter
  3. To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly.
  4. To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate.
  5. To fail to notice; to look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking.
  6. To pretend not to have noticed, especially a mistake; to pass over without censure or punishment.


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