Meaning of “outlook” in the English Dictionary

"outlook" in British English

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outlooknoun

uk /ˈaʊt.lʊk/ us /ˈaʊt.lʊk/

outlook noun (FUTURE SITUATION)

C1 [ S ] the likely future situation:

The outlook for the economy is bleak.
The outlook for today is cloudy and dry at first with showers later.

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  • The political outlook is still uncertain.
  • The economic outlook is bleak.
  • The overall oil price outlook is expected to remain bearish.
  • The outlook for the region is very gloomy.
  • Tomorrow's outlook is for rain in the morning, clearing up in the afternoon.

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

"outlook" in American English

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outlooknoun [ C usually sing ]

us /ˈɑʊtˌlʊk/

outlook noun [ C usually sing ] (FUTURE SITUATION)

the likely future situation:

The economic outlook is good.

outlook noun [ C usually sing ] (ATTITUDE)

a person’s general attitude or way of thinking about something:

He has a positive outlook on life.

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

"outlook" in Business English

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outlooknoun [ S ]

uk /ˈaʊtlʊk/ us

the way a particular situation is expected to develop in the future, for example, whether it will get better or worse:

If the inflationary outlook continues to get worse, the central bank will not hesitate to act.
the long-term/short-term/medium-term outlook
a gloomy/uncertain/positive outlook
the outlook for sth Economic growth has slowed considerably as and soaring energy prices continue to cloud the outlook for the world economy.
the outlook is/remains bleak/bright/uncertain, etc. This year's economic outlook remains uncertain.

the attitude of a person or organization in relation to a particular situation:

sb's/sth's outlook on sth Canadian investors are gauging the Fed's outlook on rates as an early indication of whether the Bank of Canada can drop its key rate again.

(Definition of “outlook” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)