Meaning of “lookout” in the English Dictionary

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"lookout" in British English

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lookoutnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlʊk.aʊt/ us /ˈlʊk.aʊt/

a person who watches for danger:

One of the burglars waited outside to act as a lookout.

a high place where a person can look at what is happening in the area around them, especially in order to watch for any danger

US and Australian English a place from where a person can look at something, especially at an area of natural beauty

be on the lookout for sth/sb

to search for something or someone:

I'm always on the lookout for interesting new recipes.
keep a lookout for sth/sb

to continue to watch carefully for something or someone, especially in order to avoid danger:

Keep a lookout for small objects that a baby might swallow.

(Definition of “lookout” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lookout" in American English

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lookoutnoun [ C ]

us /ˈlʊkˌɑʊt/

a person whose job is to watch for someone or something to appear:

Assign someone to be a lookout on the boat to keep an eye out for rocks.
on the lookout

If you are on the lookout for something, you are watching for it to appear:

What kinds of behavior should parents be on the lookout for?

A lookout is also a place where you can see a long distance:

Turner works at the fire lookout on Carey Dome.

(Definition of “lookout” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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