Definition of overlook in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈlo͝ok/
[with object]
1Fail to notice (something): he seems to have overlooked one important fact
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  • Oddly enough, you sometimes overlook important details or fail completely to see and understand the other person's point of view.
  • Many researchers into the UFO enigma tend to overlook a very important fact.
  • However, you might be overlooking a few important facts.
fail to notice, fail to spot, miss
1.1Ignore or disregard (something, especially a fault or offense): she was more than ready to overlook his faults
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  • He was, and is, a good man, but no man is good enough to overlook every fault, especially something like this.
  • However, while you are quick to overlook faults, the Thinker can be overly critical.
  • The prisoner promised that if the Magistrates would overlook the offence he would not do anything of the kind again.
disregard, neglect, ignore, pay no attention/heed to, pass over, forget
ignore, not take into consideration, disregard, take no notice of, make allowances for, turn a blind eye to, excuse, pardon, forgive
1.2Pass over (someone) in favor of another: he was overlooked by the Nobel committee
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  • Cleopatra Thea of Syria was reputed to be far more beautiful and cunning than Cleopatra VII, yet she is always overlooked in favour of her descendant!
  • I had thought the pattern was more or less standardized, but it appears I've been overlooking some extraordinary people.
  • Reliance solely on the conventional diagnostic approach will overlook many people who could benefit from thyroid-replacement therapy.
2Have a view of from above: the chateau overlooks fields of corn and olive trees
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  • A large flowing fountain centered it all, and beyond, the rear windows overlooked the valley with a grandiose view of the lake and the city in the distance.
  • Her large window overlooked the street, with a narrow view of downtown, which was spectacular after dark when the lights glittered in the night sky.
  • One of the employees I had become friends with over the summer grabbed me and dragged me over to the huge picture window that overlooked the playing field of Yankee Stadium.
have a view of, look over/across, look on to, look out on/over, give on to, command a view of
3 archaic Supervise; oversee.
4 archaic Bewitch with the evil eye: they told them they were overlooked by some unlucky Person


Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌlo͝ok/
North American
A commanding position or view: he veered off the highway onto an overlook
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  • There are outstanding views of the Table Mountains from the glass overlook and walk-out balcony of the new Geology Museum.
  • He quickened his pace when the overlook came into view on the ridge ahead.
  • I left the garden (it started to rain a little) and walked up to the overlook for a long view of Lake Mendota.

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Syllabification: o·ver·look

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