[ out-look ]
/ ˈaʊtˌlʊk /


the view or prospect from a particular place.
mental attitude or view; point of view: one's outlook on life.
prospect of the future: the political outlook.
the place from which an observer looks out; lookout.
the act or state of looking out.
a watch kept; vigilance; lookout: a careful outlook to prevent forest fires.

Nearby words

  1. outlet,
  2. outlier,
  3. outline,
  4. outline font,
  5. outlive,
  6. outlying,
  7. outman,
  8. outmaneuver,
  9. outmanoeuvre,
  10. outmarch

Origin of outlook

First recorded in 1660–70; out- + look

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British Dictionary definitions for outlook


/ (ˈaʊtˌlʊk) /


a mental attitude or point of view
the probable or expected condition or outcome of somethingthe weather outlook
the view from a place
view or prospect
the act or state of looking out
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Word Origin and History for outlook



"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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