verb (used with object)
Origin of overlook
Examples from the Web for overlooking
In the book, Tavris and Aronson argue that the same ability to overlook minor flaws in a marriage leads to overlooking major ones.
In mid-August 1944 the Poles sat atop a hill, marked on maps as Hill 262, overlooking the German armies in retreat.
Overlooking the sea, Frank told Agustin their relationship was over.
The grave site was on a hill, overlooking a duck pond; it was the kind of spot Doug would have had fun with in the Lampoon.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He died in July 2012 in a bed in his Hollywood Hills living room, overlooking his garden.
You will need”—he paused, overlooking the baggage—“three burros and two riding-mules.The Mystery of The Barranca|Herman Whitaker
These hills, overlooking the valley of the river, resembled rocky bergs, at a distance of ten or twelve miles west of it.Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia|Thomas Mitchell
Nina inhabited a third floor in a terrace off the Strand, overlooking the river.The Creators|May Sinclair
And all the time she went on picking, never once overlooking her hand.Revolution and Other Essays|Jack London
At the extreme right of the Ridge, overlooking the trunk road, there was a strong piquet with a heavy battery.Forty-one years in India|Frederick Sleigh Roberts
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).