an act, ceremony, or occasion of seeing, watching, or inspecting: the viewing of a corpse.
an instance of watching television: Which channel offers the best viewing?

Nearby words

  1. viewable,
  2. viewdata,
  3. viewer,
  4. viewership,
  5. viewfinder,
  6. viewing lens,
  7. viewless,
  8. viewlessly,
  9. viewpoint,
  10. viewy

Origin of viewing

First recorded in 1540–50; view + -ing1

Related formsmul·ti·view·ing, adjective




an instance of seeing or beholding; visual inspection.
sight; vision.
range of sight or vision: Several running deer came into the view of the hunters.
a sight or prospect of a landscape, the sea, etc.: His apartment affords a view of the park.
a picture or photograph of something: The postcard bears a view of Vesuvius.
a particular manner of looking at something: From a practical view, the situation presents several problems.
contemplation or consideration of a matter with reference to action: a project in view.
aim, intention, or purpose.
prospect; expectation: the view for the future.
a sight afforded of something from a position stated or qualified: a bird's-eye view.
a general account or description of a subject.
a conception of a thing; opinion; theory: His view was not supported by the facts.
a survey; inspection: a view of Restoration comedy.

verb (used with object)

to see; watch: to view a movie.
to look at; survey; inspect: to view the construction of a road.
to contemplate mentally; consider: to view the repercussions of a decision.
to regard in a particular light or as specified: She views every minor setback as a disaster.
Fox Hunting. to sight (a fox).

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for viewing

British Dictionary definitions for viewing



the act of watching television
television programmes collectivelylate-night viewing



the act of seeing or observing; an inspection
vision or sight, esp range of visionthe church is out of view
a scene, esp of a fine tract of countrysidethe view from the top was superb
a pictorial representation of a scene, such as a photograph
(sometimes plural) opinion; thoughtmy own view on the matter differs from yours
chance or expectationthe policy has little view of success
(foll by to) a desired end or intentionhe has a view to securing further qualifications
a general survey of a topic, subject, etca comprehensive view of Shakespearean literature
visual aspect or appearancethey look the same in outward view
  1. a formal inspection by a jury of the place where an alleged crime was committed
  2. a formal inspection of property in dispute
a sight of a hunted animal before or during the chase
in view of taking into consideration
on view exhibited to the public gaze
take a dim view of or take a poor view of to regard (something) with disfavour or disapproval
with a view to
  1. with the intention of
  2. in anticipation or hope of


(tr) to look at
(tr) to consider in a specified mannerthey view the growth of Communism with horror
(tr) to examine or inspect carefullyto view the accounts
(tr) to survey mentally; contemplateto view the difficulties
to watch (television)
(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 viewing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with viewing


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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