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Borrowing 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. (physical) Visual perception.
    1. The act of seeing or looking at something.
      He changed seat to get a complete view of the stage.
      • John Milton (1608-1674)
        Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view.
      • John Locke (1632-1705)
        Objects near our view are thought greater than those of a larger size are more remote.
      • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
        But Richmond [] appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw, peeping around the massive silver epergne that almost obscured him from her view, that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.
    2. The range of vision.
      If there are any rabbits in this park, they keep carefully out of our view.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700)
        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
    4. (obsolete) Appearance; show; aspect.
      • Edmund Waller (1606-1687)
        [Graces] which, by the splendor of her view / Dazzled, before we never knew.
  2. A picture, drawn or painted; a sketch.
    a fine view of Lake George
  3. (psychological) Opinion, judgement, imagination.
    1. A mental image.
      I need more information to get a better view of the situation.
    2. A way of understanding something, an opinion, a theory.
      Your view on evolution is based on religion, not on scientific findings.
      • John Locke (1632-1705)
        to give a right view of this mistaken part of liberty
    3. A point of view.
      From my view that is a stupid proposition.
    4. An intention or prospect.
      He smuggled a knife into prison with a view to using it as a weapon.
      • John Locke (1632-1705)
        No man sets himself about anything but upon some view or other which serves him for a reason.
  4. (computing, databases) A virtual or logical table composed of the result set of a query in relational databases.
  5. (computing, programming) The part of a computer program which is visible to the user and can be interacted with;
  6. A wake. (Can we add an example for this sense?)


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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”, in 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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Most common English words before 1923: late · bed · living · #531: view · although · knowledge · hath




view f (plural views)

  1. (databases) view (logical table in a database)