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outlook

[out-loo k] /ˈaʊtˌlʊk/
noun
1.
the view or prospect from a particular place.
2.
mental attitude or view; point of view:
one's outlook on life.
3.
prospect of the future:
the political outlook.
4.
the place from which an observer looks out; lookout.
5.
the act or state of looking out.
6.
a watch kept; vigilance; lookout:
a careful outlook to prevent forest fires.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; out- + look
Synonyms
1, 3. scene. 2. attitude, viewpoint, position, approach.
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  • Its probability-based view of misfortunes helped to shape the scientific outlook.
  • The students who have benefited from the opportunity so far are have no doubts that it has shaped their outlook and prospects.
  • First, the economic outlook has continued to dim for college graduates.
  • So the outlook for dividends, as reflected in swap prices, is historically unprecedented.
  • People often end up doing nothing or taking steps that worsen the long-term outlook.
  • Ignoring science in favor of a preferred outlook on the world can have devastating consequences.
  • But while spending is up online, the outlook is not entirely rosy.
  • And that policy is itself a sign that the central bank is extremely concerned about the economic outlook.
  • Even with the drought, the outlook for the marshes is better than a decade ago.
  • Even if more optimistic results about optimism eventually surface, a rosy outlook is unlikely to benefit everyone.
British Dictionary definitions for outlook

outlook

/ˈaʊtˌlʊk/
noun
1.
a mental attitude or point of view
2.
the probable or expected condition or outcome of something: the weather outlook
3.
the view from a place
4.
view or prospect
5.
the act or state of looking out
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Word Origin and History for outlook
n.

"mental view or survey," 1742, from out (adv.) + look (v.). The meaning "prospect for the future" is attested from 1851. Earliest sense was "a look-out" (1660s). The literal sense of "vigilant watch, act or practice of looking out" (1815) is rare; look-out being used instead for this.

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