What does overlook mean?

Definitions for overlook
ˌoʊ vərˈlʊk; ˈoʊ vərˌlʊkover·look

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word overlook.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overlookverb

    a high place affording a good view

  2. overlookverb

    look past, fail to notice

  3. look out on, look out over, overlook, look acrossverb

    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, overleapverb

    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, overtopverb

    look down on

    "The villa dominates the town"

  6. overlookverb

    watch over

    "I am overlooking her work"


  1. Overlookverb

    To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to be situated above, so as to command a view of; as, to overlook a valley from a hill; a hotel room that overlooks the marketplace.

  2. Overlookverb

    To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking; to fail to notice; to fail to observe; as, to overlook a mistake in addition; to overlook a missing bolt.

  3. Overlookverb

    Hence: To refrain from bestowing notice or attention upon; to disregard or deliberately ignore; to pass over without censure or punishment; to excuse or pardon (a fault, error, or misdeed).


  1. overlookverb

    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. overlookverb

    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. overlookverb

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

  4. overlookverb

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

  5. overlookverb

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

  6. overlookverb

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

  7. Etymology: From over + look.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Overlookverb

    Etymology: over and look.

    The pile o’er-look’d the town, and drew the sight,
    Surpris’d at once with rev’rence and delight. Dryden.

    I will do it with the same respect to him, as if he were alive, and over-looking my paper while I write. Dryden.

    Wou’d I had o’er-look’d the letter. William Shakespeare.

    He was present in person to over-look the magistrates, and to over-awe those subjects with the terror of his sword. Edmund Spenser.

    In the greater out parishes many of the poor parishioners through neglect do perish, for want of some heedful eye to over-look them. John Graunt.

    The time and care that are required,
    To over-look and file, and polish well,
    Fright poets from that necessary toil. Wentworth Dillon.

    This part of good-nature which consists in the pardoning and over-looking of faults, is to be exercised only in doing ourselves justice in the ordinary commerce of life. Addison.

    In vain do we hope that God will over-look such high contradiction of sinners, and pardon offences committed against the plain convictions of conscience. John Rogers.

    Of the two relations, Christ over-looked the meaner, and entitled and denominated them solely from the more honourable. Robert South, Sermons.

    To over-look the entertainment before him, and languish for that which lies out of the way, is sickly and servile. Collier.

    The suffrage of our poet laureat should not be over-looked. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 488.

    Religious fear, when produced by just apprehensions of a divine power, naturally over-looks all human greatness that stands in competition with it, and extinguishes every other terror. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 117.

    The happiest of mankind, over-looking those solid blessings which they already have, set their hearts upon somewhat they want. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    They over-look truth in the judgments they pass on adversity and prosperity. The temptations that attend the former they can easily see, and dread at a distance; but they have no apprehensions of the dangerous consequences of the latter. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. Overlook

    A scenic viewpoint – also called an observation point, viewpoint, viewing point, vista point, lookout, scenic overlook, etc. – is an elevated location where people can view scenery (often with binoculars) and photograph it. Scenic viewpoints may be created alongside scenic routes or mountain roads, often as simple turnouts or lay-bys where motorists can pull over onto pavement, gravel, or grass on the right-of-way. Many viewpoints are larger, having parking areas, while some (typically on larger highways) are off the road completely. Viewing points may also be found on hill or mountain tops or on rocky spurs overlooking a valley and reached via a hiking trail. They may be protected by railings to protect the public or be enhanced by a viewing tower designed to elevate visitors above the surrounding terrain or trees in order to offer panoramic views. Overlooks are frequently found in national parks, and in the U.S. along national parkways such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, which has numerous individually named overlooks for viewing the Blue Ridge Mountains and its valleys. Other overlooks are next to waterfalls, especially since mountain roads tend to follow streams. Many overlooks are accessible only by trails and wooden walkways and stairs, especially in ecologically sensitive areas. These overlooks are often wooden decks, which minimize the impact on the land by reducing the need to disturb it for construction.


  1. overlook

    To overlook generally means to fail to notice or consider something, often unintentionally. It can also refer to having a view of something from a higher position or to supervise or inspect something.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overlook

    ō-vėr-look′, v.t. to look over: to see from a higher position: to view carefully: to neglect by carelessness or inadvertence: to pass by without punishment: to pardon: to slight: to bewitch by looking upon with the Evil Eye.—n. Overlook′er.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overlook in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overlook in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of overlook in a Sentence

  1. William James:

    The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

  2. Hazlitt:

    Society is a more level surface than we imagine. Wise men or absolute fools are hard to be met with, as there are few giants or dwarfs. The heaviest charge we can bring against the general texture of society is that it is commonplace. Our fancied superiority to others is in some one thing which we think most of because we excel in it, or have paid most attention to it; whilst we overlook their superiority to us in something else which they set equal and exclusive store by.

  3. William James:

    The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.

  4. Phil Scott:

    I feel it is important in a democracy for all voices to be heard, while the Liberty Union Party is not as well established as the major parties, it would be unwise to overlook the candidates that run in statewide elections.

  5. Jeanita McNulty:

    They expect to meet the candidates, shake their hands and look them in the eye, that’s the beauty of the first-in-the-nation caucus. It would be unwise to overlook the power of retail politics here.

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  • طلArabic
  • přehlédnoutCzech
  • übersehen, überblicken, bemerkenGerman
  • otear, pasar por altoSpanish
  • valvoa, jättää, katsoa läpi sormien, huomaamattaFinnish
  • louper, prendre à la légère, surveiller, superviser, surplomber, passer outre, négligerFrench
  • elnézHungarian
  • trascurareItalian
  • 見逃す, 見下ろす, 見落とすJapanese
  • kap, kapeMāori
  • over het hoofd zienDutch
  • overseNorwegian
  • просмотреть, прощать, надзирать, пропустить, заметить, смотреть сквозь пальцы, присматривать, смотреть сверху, игнорировать, обозревать, сглазить, упустить из видаRussian
  • previdjeti, nadgledatiSerbo-Croatian
  • ha överseende medSwedish
  • göz yummak, gözardı etmek, gözden kaçırmak, hâkim olmakTurkish
  • 俯瞰Chinese

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    A tacky
    B appellative
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