verb (used with object)
Origin of overlook
Examples from the Web for overlook
In the book, Tavris and Aronson argue that the same ability to overlook minor flaws in a marriage leads to overlooking major ones.
Many were just eager to forget, absolve, or overlook serious accusations, simply because doing so would be hugely convenient.It’s Not Just Cosby: Hollywood’s Long List of Male Scumbags|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it is also a mistake to overlook some important differences.Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist|Jonathan Rauch|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In reading about ASHA, its current location is hard to overlook—Research Triangle, North Carolina.STI Awareness Month Is Nothing More Than a Hallmark Holiday for Condoms|Kent Sepkowitz|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moments like these could cause ticket-buyers to squirm or, perhaps, reflect on their own capacity to overlook and forgive.Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Musical and the Moral Responsibility of an Artist|Brian Spitulnik|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"If you'll leave off trying to set up science in the place of God we'll overlook your lack of tact," he conceded finally.The Narrow House|Evelyn Scott
He felt suddenly that for her sake he could overlook some of Mr. Grayson's faults, or at least seek to amend them.The Candidate|Joseph Alexander Altsheler
He was so unlike the ordinary run of landlords that one could only repose confidence in him and overlook small inattentions.The Argosy|Various
We are always meekly asked, even by the most supercilious, to overlook shortcomings, and condone.The Book of Khalid|Ameen Rihani
It was a small part of the deck that I could overlook, but enough for our purpose.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
verb (ˌəʊvəˈlʊk) (tr)
noun (ˈəʊvəˌlʊk) US
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).