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Definitions of overlook

  1. 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; as, to overlook a valley from a hill. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly; as, to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking; hence, to refrain from bestowing notice or attention upon; to neglect; to pass over without censure or punishment; to excuse. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To look down on from above; to inspect; to watch over; to fail to notice. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To look over: to be higher: to inspect: to neglect by carelessness or inadvertence: to pass by indulgently: to pardon: to slight. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To look over; inspect; neglect; pardon. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To look down upon; superintend; oversee. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To look over; pardon; fail to see; miss; slight; neglect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. look down on; "The villa dominates the town" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To look over; to stand higher; to inspect; to superintend; to review; to pass by indulgently; to slight. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. To view from higher ground; to inspect; to review; to pass by indulgently; to neglect. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. watch over; "I am overlooking her work" Wordnet Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for overlook

  1. It's only the little ones he may overlook – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. " I hope you'll overlook that little slip of mine," said Mr. Porter, as he shook hands with Saxton. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson
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