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[v. oh-ver-loo k; n. oh-ver-loo k] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈlʊk; n. ˈoʊ vərˌlʊk/
verb (used with object)
to fail to notice, perceive, or consider:
to overlook a misspelled word.
to disregard or ignore indulgently, as faults or misconduct:
Only a parent could overlook that kind of behavior.
to look over, as from a higher position:
a balcony that overlooks the ballroom.
to afford a view over; look down or out upon:
a hill overlooking the sea.
to rise above:
The Washington Monument overlooks the tidal basin.
to excuse; pardon:
a minor infraction we can overlook this time.
to look over in inspection, examination, or perusal:
They allowed us to overlook the proposed contract.
to look after, oversee, or supervise:
She has to overlook a large number of employees.
Archaic. to look upon with the evil eye; bewitch.
terrain, as on a cliff, that affords an attractive vista or a good view:
Miles of landscape could be seen from the overlook.
Origin of overlook
1325-75; Middle English; see over-, look
Related forms
unoverlooked, adjective
Can be confused
overlook, oversee, oversight.
1. miss. See slight. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for overlooked
  • One overlooked benefit of aging populations may be the prospect of a more peaceful world.
  • In cold cases the key to solving the crime is often an overlooked clue in the original file.
  • If the latter introduction is overlooked, people sitting next each other at table nearly always introduce themselves.
  • We found an open place in the pasture where some taller trees seemed to have been overlooked rather than spared.
  • But it's a position that is generally overlooked, if not ignored altogether.
  • The mathematician could help us see something quite beautiful that the art historian may have overlooked.
  • One thing that has been overlooked here is that preparation needs to start at the undergrad level.
  • At this point, all of those tasks were completely overlooked in our tenure cases.
  • She has argued that such remains may be relatively common in well-preserved fossils but are often overlooked.
  • She is pushing education in a retail way, out in places that too often get overlooked.
British Dictionary definitions for overlooked


verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈlʊk)
to fail to notice or take into account
to disregard deliberately or indulgently
to look at or over from above: the garden is overlooked by the prison
to afford a view of from above: the house overlooks the bay
to rise above
to look after
to look at carefully
to bewitch or cast the evil eye upon (someone)
noun (US) (ˈəʊvəˌlʊk)
a high place affording a view
an act of overlooking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overlooked



mid-14c., "to examine, scrutinize, inspect," from over- + look (v.). Another Middle English sense was "to peer over the top of." These two literal senses have given rise to the two main modern meanings. Meaning "to look over or beyond and thus not see," via notion of "to choose to not notice" is first recorded 1520s. Seemingly contradictory sense of "to watch over officially, keep an eye on, superintend" is from 1530s. Related: Overlooked; overlooking. In Shekaspeare's day, overlooking also was a common term for "inflicting the evil eye on" (someone or something).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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