Meaning of “overlook” in the English Dictionary

"overlook" in British English

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overlookverb [ T ]

uk /ˌəʊ.vəˈlʊk/ us /ˌoʊ.vɚˈlʊk/

overlook verb [ T ] (VIEW)

B2 to provide a view of, especially from above:

Our hotel room overlooked the harbour.
The house is surrounded by trees, so it's not overlooked at all (= it cannot be seen from any other buildings).

More examples

  • Our balcony overlooks the river.
  • We booked a room with a window overlooking the piazza.
  • The hotel is in a lovely location overlooking the lake.
  • She works in a very smart new office overlooking the River Cam.
  • The town has a 14th-century citadel overlooking the river.

overlooknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈəʊ.və.lʊk/ us /ˈoʊ.vɚ.lʊk/ US UK viewpoint

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

"overlook" in American English

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overlookverb [ T ]

us /ˌoʊ·vərˈlʊk/

overlook verb [ T ] (VIEW)

to have or give a view of something from above:

Our hotel room overlooked the harbor.

overlook verb [ T ] (NOT NOTICE)

to fail to notice something:

His film was nominated for an Oscar, but Reiner himself was overlooked as best director.

To overlook is also to forgive bad behavior:

We’ll overlook your absence this time, but don’t let it happen again.

overlooknoun [ C ]

us /ˈoʊ·vərˌlʊk/

a place that provides a good view of what is below, esp. an area of natural beauty

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