overlook Definition

  • 1to fail to notice or consider something or someone
  • 2to have a view of something from above
  • 3to forgive or excuse someone's mistake or bad behavior

Using overlook: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "overlook" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I think you've overlooked one important fact.

  • Example

    The hotel room overlooked the sea.

  • Example

    I'm willing to overlook your mistake this time.

  • Example

    He was overlooked for promotion again.

overlook Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using overlook

  • a room, especially in a hotel, that has a good view


    We booked a room with a view of the mountains.

  • turn a blind eye (to something)

    to ignore something that you know is wrong or illegal


    The authorities turned a blind eye to the illegal activities.

  • let something/someone slide

    to ignore or neglect something or someone


    I've been letting my exercise routine slide lately.

Phrases with overlook

  • overlook something/someone's faults

    to ignore or forgive someone's mistakes or bad qualities


    She's always been able to overlook his faults.

  • to fail to notice something that is very clear or easy to see


    I can't believe I overlooked the obvious solution.

  • to fail to meet a deadline


    If we overlook the deadline, we'll lose the contract.

Origins of overlook

from Middle English 'overloken', meaning 'to look over'


Summary: overlook in Brief

'Overlook' [ˌəʊvəˈlʊk] means to fail to notice or consider something or someone, to have a view of something from above, or to forgive or excuse someone's mistake or bad behavior. It can be used in phrases like 'overlook something/someone's faults,' and idioms like 'turn a blind eye (to something).'

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