to fail to notice, perceive, or consider: to overlook a misspelled word.
to disregard or ignore indulgently, as faults or misconduct: Only a parent could overlook that kind of behavior.
to look over, as from a higher position: a balcony that overlooks the ballroom.
to afford a view over; look down or out upon: a hill overlooking the sea.
to rise above: The Washington Monument overlooks the tidal basin.
to look over in inspection, examination, or perusal: They allowed us to overlook the proposed contract.
to look after, oversee, or supervise: She has to overlook a large number of employees.
Archaic. to look upon with the evil eye; bewitch.
terrain, as on a cliff, that affords an attractive vista or a good view: Miles of landscape could be seen from the overlook.
- overlook , oversee
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How to use overlook in a sentence
At an overlook a few miles outside of town, Redman pulls two cords of LED lights, one green and one purple, from her bag.The aurora borealis skipped this Alaska photography class. But some swinging light cords saved the night. | Bailey Berg | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The section is full of scenic overlooks and quick day hikes.The Ultimate Shenandoah National Park Travel Guide | Graham Averill | October 7, 2020 | Outside Online
The Roam offers turn-by-turn navigation and will even route you back on track if you decide to take a detour to a scenic overlook or coffeeshop.
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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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yuh want t' keep your eye glued t' that peep-glass in the mornin', and not overlook no motions.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
overlook the deficiencies of others when conversing with them, as they may be the results of ignorance, and impossible to correct.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Danton insisted that they must overlook the massacres, and give at least an implied assent to their necessity.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
The scanty ruins of the castle where the prince was born still overlook the town.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
The insult that mademoiselle might overlook might even not have fully understood—set him afire with indignation for her sake.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for overlook
to fail to notice or take into account
to disregard deliberately or indulgently
to look at or over from above: the garden is overlooked by the prison
to afford a view of from above: the house overlooks the bay
to rise above
to look after
to look at carefully
to bewitch or cast the evil eye upon (someone)
a high place affording a view
an act of overlooking
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