- 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.
Origin of overlook
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Examples from the Web for overlooked
Selma becomes a biopic in which the hero shines while those who worked beside him are overlooked or relegated to the sidelines.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
Even worse, Asian Americans are overlooked entirely when some advocates or politicians speak about minorities.Why Harvard's Asians Are Invisible
November 28, 2014
I'm not sure if archaeologists are naturally drawn to "losers"—or can we call them overlooked people?The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
Garfield the cat occupies an understated and often overlooked position critical to the history of televised animation.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons
November 5, 2014
Gruelle's story highlights the overlooked fact that leaving an abusive relationship can be lethal.The Worst Question for Abuse Victims
October 20, 2014
Seizing the lamp from the hearth, she hastened to the window that overlooked the street-door.The Wives of The Dead
Napoleon had been at his favorite resort,—the grotto that overlooked the sea.The Boy Life of Napoleon
The manner of Lydia's conversion ought not to be overlooked.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Ariston was painting the walls of a room that overlooked the garden.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
It overlooked the village and the river a long way up and down.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- 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)
- a high place affording a view
- an act of overlooking
Word Origin and History for overlooked
mid-14c., "to examine, scrutinize, inspect," from over- + look (v.). Another Middle English sense was "to peer over the top of." These two literal senses have given rise to the two main modern meanings. Meaning "to look over or beyond and thus not see," via notion of "to choose to not notice" is first recorded 1520s. Seemingly contradictory sense of "to watch over officially, keep an eye on, superintend" is from 1530s. Related: Overlooked; overlooking. In Shekaspeare's day, overlooking also was a common term for "inflicting the evil eye on" (someone or something).