[ look-out ]
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  1. the act of looking out or keeping watch.

  2. a watch kept, as for something that may happen.

  1. a person or group keeping a watch.

  2. a station or place from which a watch is kept.

  3. an object of care or concern: That's not my lookout.

  4. Chiefly British. view; prospect; outlook: The business lookout is far from optimistic.

Origin of lookout

First recorded in 1690–1700; noun use of verb phrase look out

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[ look-out ]

  1. Cape Lookout, a sandy reef in the Outer Banks, off eastern North Carolina, southwest of Cape Hatteras: known for its lighthouse.

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How to use lookout in a sentence

  • Squinty could look out, but the slats were as close together as those in a chicken coop, and the little pig could not get out.

    Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
  • "She did not think so:" why should she have taken the trouble to look out of the carriage window at me as she said these words?

  • They had reached the river now, and took a seat where they could look out over its swiftly moving waters.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • The dog gave a short bark, and looked to the front, as if to say, "Look out—trouble ahead."

  • Pearson was loading his gun as fast as possible, when he heard a loud shout, and cries of “Look out!”

    Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for lookout


/ (ˈlʊkˌaʊt) /

  1. the act of keeping watch against danger, etc

  2. a person or persons instructed or employed to keep such a watch, esp on a ship

  1. a strategic point from which a watch is kept

  2. informal worry or concern: that's his lookout

  3. mainly British outlook, chances, or view

verblook out (adverb, mainly intr)
  1. to heed one's behaviour; be careful: look out for the children's health

  2. to be on the watch: look out for my mother at the station

  1. (tr) to search for and find: I'll look out some curtains for your new house

  2. (foll by on or over) to face in a particular direction: the house looks out over the moor

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Other Idioms and Phrases with lookout


see keep an eye out for (sharp lookout); on the lookout. Also see entries beginning with look out.

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