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outlook

[out-look]
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noun
  1. the view or prospect from a particular place.
  2. mental attitude or view; point of view: one's outlook on life.
  3. prospect of the future: the political outlook.
  4. the place from which an observer looks out; lookout.
  5. the act or state of looking out.
  6. a watch kept; vigilance; lookout: a careful outlook to prevent forest fires.
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Origin of outlook

First recorded in 1660–70; out- + look

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Related Words

viewpointattitudedirectionperspectivevisionprospectriskexpectationpossibilityforecastchanceopportunityangleslantroutinestandpointscopesidemind-setheadset

Examples from the Web for outlook

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  • Do the Outlook and the Commoner imply progress since the Stagirite?

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • When they stopped at the door no one was on the outlook for them.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • But here we are upon the hill-top, with as fair an outlook as man could wish to have.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Our decision here will affect our outlook on the entire relation of the sexes.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Life seemed a melancholy thing: how gloomy, how helpless her outlook!

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre


British Dictionary definitions for outlook

outlook

noun
  1. a mental attitude or point of view
  2. the probable or expected condition or outcome of somethingthe weather outlook
  3. the view from a place
  4. view or prospect
  5. the act or state of looking out
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Word Origin and History for outlook

n.

"mental view or survey," 1742, from out (adv.) + look (v.). The meaning "prospect for the future" is attested from 1851. Earliest sense was "a look-out" (1660s). The literal sense of "vigilant watch, act or practice of looking out" (1815) is rare; look-out being used instead for this.

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