1. an instance of seeing or beholding; visual inspection.
  2. sight; vision.
  3. range of sight or vision: Several running deer came into the view of the hunters.
  4. a sight or prospect of a landscape, the sea, etc.: His apartment affords a view of the park.
  5. a picture or photograph of something: The postcard bears a view of Vesuvius.
  6. a particular manner of looking at something: From a practical view, the situation presents several problems.
  7. contemplation or consideration of a matter with reference to action: a project in view.
  8. aim, intention, or purpose.
  9. prospect; expectation: the view for the future.
  10. a sight afforded of something from a position stated or qualified: a bird's-eye view.
  11. a general account or description of a subject.
  12. a conception of a thing; opinion; theory: His view was not supported by the facts.
  13. a survey; inspection: a view of Restoration comedy.
verb (used with object)
  1. to see; watch: to view a movie.
  2. to look at; survey; inspect: to view the construction of a road.
  3. to contemplate mentally; consider: to view the repercussions of a decision.
  4. to regard in a particular light or as specified: She views every minor setback as a disaster.
  5. Fox Hunting. to sight (a fox).
  1. in view,
    1. within range of vision.
    2. under consideration.
    3. as an end sought: She went over the material with the scholarship examination in view.
  2. in view of, in consideration of; on account of: In view of the circumstances, it seems best to wait until tomorrow.
  3. on view, in a place for public inspection; on exhibition: The latest models of automobiles are now on view.
  4. with a view to,
    1. with the aim or intention of.
    2. with the expectation or hope of: They saved their money with a view to being able to buy a house someday.

Origin of view

1375–1425; late Middle English v(i)ewe (noun) < Anglo-French; Middle French veue sight < Vulgar Latin *vidūta, noun use of feminine of *vidūtus, for Latin vīsus, past participle of vidēre to see
Related formsmul·ti·view, adjectiveun·viewed, adjective

Synonym study

4. View, prospect, scene, vista refer to a landscape or perspective. View is a general word, referring to whatever lies open to sight: a fine view of the surrounding country. Prospect suggests a sweeping and often distant view, as from a place of vantage: a beautiful prospect to the south. Scene suggests an organic unity in the details such as is to be found in a picture: a woodland scene. Vista suggests a long, narrow view, as along an avenue between rows of trees: a pleasant vista. 12. See opinion.

Synonyms for view Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for unviewed


  1. the act of seeing or observing; an inspection
  2. vision or sight, esp range of visionthe church is out of view
  3. a scene, esp of a fine tract of countrysidethe view from the top was superb
  4. a pictorial representation of a scene, such as a photograph
  5. (sometimes plural) opinion; thoughtmy own view on the matter differs from yours
  6. chance or expectationthe policy has little view of success
  7. (foll by to) a desired end or intentionhe has a view to securing further qualifications
  8. a general survey of a topic, subject, etca comprehensive view of Shakespearean literature
  9. visual aspect or appearancethey look the same in outward view
  10. law
    1. a formal inspection by a jury of the place where an alleged crime was committed
    2. a formal inspection of property in dispute
  11. a sight of a hunted animal before or during the chase
  12. in view of taking into consideration
  13. on view exhibited to the public gaze
  14. take a dim view of or take a poor view of to regard (something) with disfavour or disapproval
  15. with a view to
    1. with the intention of
    2. in anticipation or hope of
  1. (tr) to look at
  2. (tr) to consider in a specified mannerthey view the growth of Communism with horror
  3. (tr) to examine or inspect carefullyto view the accounts
  4. (tr) to survey mentally; contemplateto view the difficulties
  5. to watch (television)
  6. (tr) to sight (a hunted animal) before or during the chase
Derived Formsviewable, adjective

Word Origin for view

C15: from Old French veue, from veoir to see, from Latin vidēre
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Word Origin and History for unviewed



1520s, from view (n.). Related: Viewed; viewing.



early 14c., "formal inspection or survey" (of land); mid-14c., "visual perception," from Anglo-French vewe "view," from Old French veue, noun use of fem. past participle of veoir "to see," from Latin videre "to see" (see vision). Sense of "manner of regarding something" first recorded early 15c. Meaning "sight or prospect of a landscape, etc." is recorded from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with unviewed


see bird's eye view; in (view) the light of; in view; on view; point of view; take a dim view; with a view to.

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