Definition of view in English:

view

Syllabification: view
Pronunciation: /vyo͞o
 
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noun

1The ability to see something or to be seen from a particular place: the end of the tunnel came into view they stood on the bar to get a better view
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  • The type of tree will be chosen so as not to obstruct one's view or cause overcrowding.
  • The water slides show no signs of abating and regularly obstruct one's view of the sun.
  • The other woman sighed; Vicky's view of her was obstructed by a circle of three guards that surrounded her.
Synonyms
sight, perspective, vision, visibility
1.1A sight or prospect, typically of attractive natural scenery, that can be taken in by the eye from a particular place: a fine view of the castle
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  • Depending on design, they can mask undesirable sights or highlight attractive views.
  • The lodge comprises two reception rooms and five bedrooms and with its southerly aspect, enjoys fine views down the River Naver.
  • It sleeps four comfortably and every room has panoramic views of stunning sea and mountain vistas.
Synonyms
1.2A work of art depicting an attractive view.
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  • The view is supposed to depict the landscape as seen through the asylum windows.
  • Some, the view of Warsaw to the Ordynacki Palace and that towards the Royal Palace, merit the attentions of a restorer.
  • Van Dyck, Canaletto's views of Venice, da Vinci sketches, Holbeins, Rubens and Rembrandts.
1.3The visual appearance or an image of something when looked at in a particular way: an aerial view of the military earthworks
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  • But I want to take you to some live pictures, aerial views of the city of New Orleans.
  • The exhibition catalogue makes dizzy reading as one flicks through the highly animated drawings of buildings, aerial views of cityscapes.
  • Anyone else have better sources of aerial views looking down for viewing the effect of the damage on coastlines and rivers?
1.4An inspection of things for sale by prospective purchasers, especially of works of art at an exhibition.
1.5 Law (In court proceedings) a formal inspection by the judge and jury of the scene of a crime or property mentioned in evidence.
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  • I proceed today to reach a decision on the basis that no view of the scene by the jury could take place.
2A particular way of considering or regarding something; an attitude or opinion: strong political views
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  • I considered writing about it, throwing in my own heavily opinionated political and religious views, but I won't.
  • She is strong in her political views and religious beliefs.
  • We have our own opinions and views on political developments.
Synonyms
opinion, point of view, viewpoint, belief, judgment, thinking, notion, idea, conviction, persuasion, attitude, feeling, sentiment, concept, hypothesis, theory; stance, standpoint, philosophy, doctrine, dogma, approach, take

verb

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1 [with object] Look at or inspect (something): the public can view the famous hall with its unique staircase
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  • This offers the artist the chance to display their work and allow it to be viewed by the public.
  • The draft bye-laws can be viewed at county hall and the last date for observations and submissions to be made to the council, is July 10.
  • The plans and a model of the building can be viewed by the public at Chadwell Library, Brentwood Road.
Synonyms
look at, eye, observe, gaze at, stare at, ogle, contemplate, watch, scan, regard, take in, survey, inspect, scrutinize
literary espy, behold
1.1Watch (something) on television.
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  • Thus, televised sport was viewed first as programming and then as sport.
  • These ads can piggyback on the televisions station's viewing audience.
  • Even when we switch off these allegedly offending channels here, those with satellite television will continue viewing them.
1.2 Hunting See (a fox) break cover.
2 [with object] Regard in a particular light or with a particular attitude: farmers are viewing the rise in rabbit numbers with concern
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  • If Nick wants to go down this path, some of his comments may well have to be viewed in the same light.
  • But if everything that passes in front of the eyes is supposed to be entertaining, and is viewed in that light, then the simulation would be condemned as appalling taste.
  • The coincidence needs to be viewed in the light of the fact that the world's temperature has always gone up and down like a yo-yo on all sorts of time scales.
Synonyms
consider, regard, look upon, see, perceive, judge, deem, reckon

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French vieue, feminine past participle of veoir 'see', from Latin videre. The verb dates from the early 16th century.

Phrases

in full view

Clearly visible.
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  • The ‘improvements’ will then be made in full view of the television cameras over a nine-month period.
  • It wasn't the capital punishment the judge favoured, but the idea of justice being conducted in full view of the public.
  • Police are urging people not to leave shopping bags full of gifts on view in their cars and once those gifts are wrapped, not to leave them in full view in their house.

in view

Visible to someone: the youth was keeping him in view
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  • The new Woolworths just off Glengariff road in Sea Point was in view as we noticed a Brazilian goddess walking over the road.
  • The way ahead needs to be clearly signposted, the destination obvious and in view.
  • The see-through tent with the bridge in view, the Andes range always visible and the great river surging ahead completed our tableau.
As one’s aim or objective: his arrest is the principal object I have in view
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  • Think, speak and act with clearly defined objectives in view.
  • The Western strategist always keeps the objective firmly in view, sees the path to the top, and focuses all efforts on reaching the summit.
  • Our Lord had this great objective firmly in view all along.
In one’s mind when forming a judgment: it is important to have in view the position reached at the beginning of the 1970s
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  • There is a third possibility: that he courted a struggle to see what came of it, determined to manipulate that struggle to gain certain ends which he had in view.
  • This giving of the law had in view the ultimate purpose of God, that we might be righteoused by faith.
  • Today what people have in view is eliminating suffering from the world.

in view of

Because or as a result of.
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  • Strange as it may seem in view of all the damage that was done, Ireland did not get the full force of the storm.
  • Perhaps that is a good thing in view of what awaits them in the next fortnight.
  • An agreement is also necessary in view of the upcoming considerable foreign debt payments.
Synonyms
considering, bearing in mind, taking into account, on account of, in (the) light of, owing to, because of, as a result of, given

on view

(Especially of a work of art) being shown or exhibited to the public.
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  • A very impressive photographic exhibition is currently on view at Tubbercurry Community Library.
  • This long-overlooked painter is the subject of an exhibition currently on view in New York.
  • Two exhibitions currently on view in London are devoted to Madame de Pompadour.
Synonyms
on display, on exhibition, on show

with a view to

With the hope, aim, or intention of.
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  • She is here on an extended stay with a view to maybe moving in with him.
  • The respondents purchased a cinema with a view to demolishing it and replacing it with a supermarket.
  • It is hoped to meet the County Manager with a view to furthering the project in the near future.

Derivatives

viewable

adjective
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  • But you would likely still need to learn the mechanics of transporting the finished pages to a web server to make them viewable to the world.
  • This type of the two sided political-economy coin, viewable from two perspectives, is called socialist democracy.
  • There is now a mirror site for ‘PC Watch’ that is viewable in China.

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