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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. To view from a higher place; applied to persons; as, to stand on a hill and overlook a city.
2. To stand in a more elevated place, or to rise so high as to afford the means of looking down on; applied to things. The tower overlooked the town.
3. To see from behind or over the shoulder of another; to see from a higher position; as, to overlook a paper when one is writing.
4. To view fully; to peruse.
5. To inspect; to superintend; to oversee; implying care and watchfulness.
He was present in person to overlook the magistrates.
6. To review; to examine a second time or with care.
The time and care that are required to overlook, and file and polish well.
7. To pass by indulgently; to excuse; not to punish or censure; as, to overlook faults.
8. To neglect; to slight.
They overlook truth in the judgment they pass on adversity and prosperity.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a high place affording a good view v
1: look past, fail to notice
2: be oriented in a certain direction; "The house looks out on a tennis court"; "The apartment overlooks the Hudson" [syn: look out on, look out over, overlook, look across]
3: leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten" [syn: neglect, pretermit, omit, drop, miss, leave out, overlook, overleap] [ant: attend to, take to heart]
4: look down on; "The villa dominates the town" [syn: dominate, command, overlook, overtop]
5: watch over; "I am overlooking her work"

Merriam Webster's

I. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. to look over ; inspect 2. a. to look down upon from above b. to rise above or afford a view of 3. a. to look past ; miss b. ignore 1 c. excuse 2 4. superintend, oversee 5. to look on with the evil eye ; bewitch Synonyms: see neglect II. noun Date: 1861 a place from which one may look down on a scene below <plenty of overlooks and trails Thelma H. Bell>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. 1 fail to notice; ignore, condone (an offence etc.). 2 have a view from above, be higher than. 3 supervise, oversee. 4 bewitch with the evil eye. --n. US a commanding position or view. Derivatives: overlooker n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Overlook O`ver*look", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overlooked; p. pr. & vb. n. Overlooking.] 1. To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to rise above, so as to command a view of; as, to overlook a valley from a hill. ``The pile o'erlooked the town.'' --Dryden. [Titan] with burning eye did hotly overlook them. --Shak. 2. Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly; as, to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter. 3. To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly. ``Overlook this pedigree.'' --Shak. The time and care that are required To overlook and file and polish well. --Roscommon. 4. To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Shak. If you trouble me I will overlook you, and then your pigs will die. --C. Kingsley. 5. To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking; hence, to refrain from bestowing notice or attention upon; to neglect; to pass over without censure or punishment; to excuse. The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. --Acts xvii. 30 (Rev. Ver. ) They overlook truth in the judgments they pass. --Atterbury. The pardoning and overlooking of faults. --Addison.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(overlooks, overlooking, overlooked) 1. If a building or window overlooks a place, you can see the place clearly from the building or window. Pretty and comfortable rooms overlook a flower-filled garden... VERB: V n 2. If you overlook a fact or problem, you do not notice it, or do not realize how important it is. We overlook all sorts of warning signals about our own health. VERB: V n 3. If you overlook someone's faults or bad behaviour, you forgive them and take no action. ...satisfying relationships that enable them to overlook each other's faults. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. View from above. 2. Rise above, look down upon, overtop. 3. Inspect, superintend, supervise, oversee, have charge of. 4. Review, survey, re-survey. 5. Disregard, neglect, miss, slight, pass by, be inattentive to, not notice, not think of. 6. Excuse, forgive, pardon, pass over, forgive and forget.

Moby Thesaurus

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