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  1. an instance of seeing or beholding; visual inspection.

  2. sight; vision.

  1. range of sight or vision: Several running deer came into the view of the hunters.

  2. a sight or prospect of a landscape, the sea, etc.: His apartment affords a view of the park.

  3. a picture or photograph of something: The postcard bears a view of Vesuvius.

  4. a particular manner of looking at something: From a practical view, the situation presents several problems.

  5. contemplation or consideration of a matter with reference to action: a project in view.

  6. aim, intention, or purpose.

  7. prospect; expectation: the view for the future.

  8. a sight afforded of something from a position stated or qualified: a bird's-eye view.

  9. a general account or description of a subject.

  10. a conception of a thing; opinion; theory: His view was not supported by the facts.

  11. a survey; inspection: a view of Restoration comedy.

verb (used with object)
  1. to see; watch: to view a movie.

  2. to look at; survey; inspect: to view the construction of a road.

  1. to contemplate mentally; consider: to view the repercussions of a decision.

  2. to regard in a particular light or as specified: She views every minor setback as a disaster.

  3. Fox Hunting. to sight (a fox).

Idioms about view

  1. in view,

    • within range of vision.

    • under consideration.

    • as an end sought: She went over the material with the scholarship examination in view.

  2. in view of, in consideration of; on account of: In view of the circumstances, it seems best to wait until tomorrow.

  1. on view, in a place for public inspection; on exhibition: The latest models of automobiles are now on view.

  2. with a view to,

    • with the aim or intention of.

    • with the expectation or hope of: They saved their money with a view to being able to buy a house someday.

Origin of view

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English v(i)ewe (noun), from Anglo-French; Middle French veue “sight,” from unattested Vulgar Latin vidūta, noun use of feminine of unattested vidūtus, for Latin vīsus, past participle of vidēre “to see”

synonym study For view

4. View, prospect, scene, vista refer to a landscape or perspective. View is a general word, referring to whatever lies open to sight: a fine view of the surrounding country. Prospect suggests a sweeping and often distant view, as from a place of vantage: a beautiful prospect to the south. Scene suggests an organic unity in the details such as is to be found in a picture: a woodland scene. Vista suggests a long, narrow view, as along an avenue between rows of trees: a pleasant vista. 12. See opinion.

Other words for view

Other words from view

  • mul·ti·view, adjective
  • un·viewed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use view in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for view


/ (vjuː) /

  1. the act of seeing or observing; an inspection

  2. vision or sight, esp range of vision: the church is out of view

  1. a scene, esp of a fine tract of countryside: the view from the top was superb

  2. a pictorial representation of a scene, such as a photograph

  3. (sometimes plural) opinion; thought: my own view on the matter differs from yours

  4. chance or expectation: the policy has little view of success

  5. (foll by to) a desired end or intention: he has a view to securing further qualifications

  6. a general survey of a topic, subject, etc: a comprehensive view of Shakespearean literature

  7. visual aspect or appearance: they look the same in outward view

  8. law

    • a formal inspection by a jury of the place where an alleged crime was committed

    • a formal inspection of property in dispute

  9. a sight of a hunted animal before or during the chase

  10. in view of taking into consideration

  11. on view exhibited to the public gaze

  12. take a dim view of or take a poor view of to regard (something) with disfavour or disapproval

  13. with a view to

    • with the intention of

    • in anticipation or hope of

  1. (tr) to look at

  2. (tr) to consider in a specified manner: they view the growth of Communism with horror

  1. (tr) to examine or inspect carefully: to view the accounts

  2. (tr) to survey mentally; contemplate: to view the difficulties

  3. to watch (television)

  4. (tr) to sight (a hunted animal) before or during the chase

Origin of view

C15: from Old French veue, from veoir to see, from Latin vidēre

Derived forms of view

  • viewable, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with view


see bird's eye view; in (view) the light of; in view; on view; point of view; take a dim view; with a view to.

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