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Dictionary Definition

overlook n : a high place affording a good view


1 look past, fail to notice
2 be oriented in a certain direction; "The house looks out on a tennis court"; "The apartment overlooks the Hudson" [syn: look out on, look out over, look across]
3 leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten" [syn: neglect, pretermit, omit, drop, miss, leave out, overleap] [ant: attend to]
4 look down on; "The villa dominates the town" [syn: dominate, command, overtop]
5 watch over; "I am overlooking her work"

User Contributed Dictionary



From over + look.



  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.
  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.
  3. To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly.
  4. To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate.
  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.


To look down upon from a place that is over or above
Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly
To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly
To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate
To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it

Extensive Definition

For other uses. see: Overlook (disambiguation)
A scenic overlook, or just an overlook, is a high place where people can gather to view scenery (often with binoculars), and to photograph it. Scenic overlooks are typically created alongside mountain roads, often as a simple turnouts where motorists can pull over onto pavement, gravel, or grass on the right-of-way. Many are larger, having parking areas, while some (typically on larger highways) are off the road completely.
Overlooks are frequently found in national parks, and in the U.S. along national parkways like 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 boardwalk-like walkways and stairs. This is typical in very ecologically-sensitive areas. These overlooks are often wooden deck structures, which minimize the impact on the land by reducing the need to disturb it for construction.
overlook in German: Aussichtspunkt
overlook in Polish: Punkt widokowy
overlook in Finnish: Näköalapaikka

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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