- 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 excuse; pardon: a minor infraction we can overlook this time.
- 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.
Origin of overlook
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Related Wordsignore, discount, omit, forget, disregard, dominate, overpass, disdain, miss, slight, pass, stomach, whitewash, forgive, excuse, take, handle, condone, top, inspect
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.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
December 17, 2014
In mid-August 1944 the Poles sat atop a hill, marked on maps as Hill 262, overlooking the German armies in retreat.The Deadly Trap Behind D-Day’s Beaches
June 5, 2014
Overlooking the sea, Frank told Agustin their relationship was over.How ‘Looking’ Suddenly Got Its Act Together
March 10, 2014
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
He died in July 2012 in a bed in his Hollywood Hills living room, overlooking his garden.Gore Vidal’s Tragic Final Decade
November 8, 2013
That was evidently the crime of crimes, the one offence there was no condoning nor overlooking.White Fang
The door was on the other side of the building, overlooking the village below.The Law-Breakers
It was a lodging-house in Church Street, overlooking the churchyard.The Manxman
"Nay, that is no answer," he cried, overlooking my offensiveness.The Shame of Motley
"Taterleg is leaving tonight," he said, overlooking her soft appeal.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
- to fail to notice or take into account
- to disregard deliberately or indulgently
- to look at or over from abovethe garden is overlooked by the prison
- to afford a view of from abovethe 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
Word Origin and History for overlooking
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).