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
In the book, Tavris and Aronson argue that the same ability to overlook minor flaws in a marriage leads to overlooking major ones.
More than likely he was celebrating from the VIP section, in the second floor rafters overlooking the dance floor.
We end the tour on a bluff overlooking a mine in the distance.
From his balcony overlooking the American embassy hangs a Palestinian flag.
Our lovely hotel perched on top a steep hill overlooking the mountains was also packed to the gills.For Ukrainians on Holiday, the Carpathians Are the New Crimea | Vijai Maheshwari | July 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The chums did not have to go even as far as the brow of the hill overlooking the group of houses before mentioned.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
Chapman turned up a hilly road and they came out on a ridge overlooking the fenced-in track.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
Real happiness may lie in forgetting that love is selfish, and in overlooking the bitter in the sweet.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
There is a large military hospital, well appointed, and a club-house for whites, overlooking the picturesque harbour.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
She then went to live with her son-in-law in a magnificent mansion overlooking the Esplanade des Invalides.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
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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