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Meaning of overlook

o•ver•look

Pronunciation: (v.ō"vur-look'n.ō'vur-look"), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to fail to notice, perceive, or consider: to overlook a misspelled word.
  2. to disregard or ignore indulgently, as faults or misconduct: Only a parent could overlook that kind of behavior.
  3. to look over, as from a higher position: a balcony that overlooks the ballroom.
  4. to afford a view over; look down or out upon: a hill overlooking the sea.
  5. to rise above: The Washington Monument overlooks the tidal basin.
  6. to excuse; pardon: a minor infraction we can overlook this time.
  7. to look over in inspection, examination, or perusal: They allowed us to overlook the proposed contract.
  8. to look after, oversee, or supervise: She has to overlook a large number of employees.
  9. to look upon with the evil eye; bewitch.
—n.
  1. terrain, as on a cliff, that affords an attractive vista or a good view: Miles of landscape could be seen from the overlook.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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