Definition of lookout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlo͝okˌout/


1A place from which to keep watch or view landscape.
Example sentences
  • Keiko watched patiently as the soldier one hundred metres away from their spot continued his patrol on the walls and entered the lookout tower adjoining the city walls.
  • After metal detectors and searches, I was let in through two gigantic automated gates, watched from a lookout tower.
  • From the lookout area, the view embraces the valley
observation post, lookout point, lookout station, lookout tower, watchtower
1.1A person stationed to keep watch for danger or trouble: they acted as lookouts at the post office
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  • The witness denied under cross-examination that she had exaggerated what she heard at the toilet or that she and the other boy had acted as lookouts.
  • One minute they're playing video games, the next they're acting as lookouts for patrols of militia men.
  • Other members of the gang acted as lookouts while one of the men walked into the office and out of the store with the cash.
1.2 archaic A view over a landscape.
Example sentences
  • A few hundred meters from the entrance, there is a fine lookout over the plain.
  • You'll see a beautiful hemlock stand, a fine lookout and acidic Bat Lake.
1.3 (one's lookout) informal A person’s own concern: everyone’s life is his own lookout
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  • If he does go off to London every now and then on business, that's his lookout. My idea is he always ought to take Mrs. Culpepper with him.
  • If she is violating any part of their custody order, your son can petition the court for enforcement, but again, that's his lookout and not yours.
  • If you can't behave like a decent person and you continue to get banned then that's your lookout!
1.4 [in singular] informal, chiefly British Used to indicate whether a likely outcome is good or bad: “What if he gets sick?” “It’s a bad lookout in that case.”
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  • When a trust feels under pressure to set its own standards of political correctness from fear of an employment tribunal (self censorship) it is a bad lookout for medicine.
  • If Erik's secrets cease to be Erik's secrets, it will be a bad lookout for a goodly number of the human race!
  • It is a bad lookout, boys - a very bad lookout. There, don't talk about it any more. I do not want to make your mother unhappy.


be on the lookout (or keep a lookout) for

Be alert to (danger or trouble): he told them to be on the lookout for dangerous gas
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  • Suspicion is a product of the need to keep a lookout for signs of trouble, potential danger and clues to offences.
  • The tough new initiative will see shops in the High Street who have signed up to the scheme receive photo albums of convicted crooks in the area so they can be on the lookout for potential trouble makers in their store.
  • Public health workers throughout the NHS have been alerted to be on the lookout for symptoms of ricin exposure in patients.
1.1Keep searching for (something that is wanted): we kept a sharp lookout for animals
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  • Researchers say they will be on the lookout for even more Saturn moons, and will seek close-ups of the ones just found.
  • A trainer, too, he had been renting the stables in Co Kildare, and was on the lookout for somewhere to buy.
  • Needless to say, I was on the lookout for somewhere I could get online to check my mail and browse the web a bit each day.

Words that rhyme with lookout


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Syllabification: look·out

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