Definitions for overlookˌoʊ vərˈlʊk; ˈoʊ vərˌlʊk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•look*ˌoʊ vərˈlʊk; ˈoʊ vərˌlʊk(v.; n.; v.t.)

  1. to fail to notice or consider.

  2. to disregard indulgently:

    to overlook a child's pout.

  3. to excuse; pardon.

  4. to look over, as from a higher position.

  5. to rise above, esp. so as to afford a view over.

  6. to inspect or peruse.

  7. to look after; supervise.

  8. Archaic. to look upon with the evil eye; bewitch.

  9. (n.)terrain that affords a good view of things below.

* Syn: See slight.

Origin of overlook:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. overlook(verb)

    a high place affording a good view

  2. overlook(verb)

    look past, fail to notice

  3. look out on, look out over, overlook, look across(verb)

    be oriented in a certain direction

    "The house looks out on a tennis court"; "The apartment overlooks the Hudson"

  4. neglect, pretermit, omit, drop, miss, leave out, overlook, overleap(verb)

    leave undone or leave out

    "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"

  5. dominate, command, overlook, overtop(verb)

    look down on

    "The villa dominates the town"

  6. overlook(verb)

    watch over

    "I am overlooking her work"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overlook(verb)ˈoʊvɚlˌʊk

    to forget or fail to consider

    You've overlooked a few important details.

  2. overlookˈoʊvɚlˌʊk

    to choose to ignore

    I can overlook this kind of behavior once, but not twice.

  3. overlookˈoʊvɚlˌʊk

    to give a view from a higher place

    The house overlooks the lake.


  1. overlook(Verb)

    To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to rise above, so as to command a view of

    to overlook a valley from a hill

  2. overlook(Verb)

    Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly

    to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter

  3. overlook(Verb)

    To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly.

  4. overlook(Verb)

    To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate.

  5. overlook(Verb)

    To fail to notice; to look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking.

  6. overlook(Verb)

    To pretend not to have noticed, especially a mistake; to pass over without censure or punishment.

  7. Origin: From over + look.


  1. Overlook

    Overlook is a neighborhood in the North section of Portland, Oregon on the east shore of the Willamette River. It borders University Park and Arbor Lodge on the north, Humboldt and Boise on the east, Eliot on the southeast, and Northwest Industrial and the Northwest District across the Willamette on the west. The Overlook Park Station, the N. Prescott St. Station and the N. Killingsworth Station on the MAX Yellow Line provide light rail service to the neighborhood. Overlook House serves as a community center. The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, next to Patton Park, features arts education, exhibits and theater. The neighborhood includes Swan Island, originally an island in the Willamette, but connected to the east bank by landfill in the 1920s. Swan Island was the site of Portland's first airport, Swan Island Airport, dedicated by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 and operating until the early 1940s when the island was converted to naval shipbuilding use for World War II as one of the Kaiser Shipyards. Swan Island is now an industrial area. This neighborhood is also occasionally referred to as Mocks Crest.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'overlook' in Verbs Frequency: #700

Anagrams of overlook

  1. look over

Translations for overlook

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to look down on

The house overlooked the river.

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