Meaning of “view” in the English Dictionary

"view" in British English

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uk /vjuː/ us /vjuː/

view noun (OPINION)

B1 [ C ] an opinion, belief, or idea, or a way of thinking about something:

Do you have any views about/on what we should do now?
In my view, her criticisms were completely justified.
[ + that ] It's my view that the price is much too high.
Many people have/hold/share/take the view that children should not be physically punished.
Everyone will have a chance to make their views known at the meeting.
We had a friendly exchange of views (= discussion).
I take a very dim/poor view of this kind of behaviour (= think that this type of behaviour is unacceptable).
world view

a way of thinking about the world:

Our world view is quite different from that of writers in the fourth century BC.

More examples

  • The government's view is that raising taxes now would not be in the national interest.
  • His view of the situation is diametrically opposed to mine.
  • My personal view is that the students should be doing more work outside the classroom.
  • The party leader is an extreme left-winger, but her deputy is more moderate in her views.
  • We asked our readers to write in and give us their views.

view noun (SIGHT)

A2 [ C or U ] what you can see from a particular place, or the ability to see from a particular place:

The view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking/magnificent/spectacular.
Don't stand in front of me - you're blocking/obstructing my view of the stage.
The cloud lifted, and the tops of the mountains suddenly came into view (= could be seen).
She turned a corner, and disappeared from view/out of view.

[ C ] a picture of a particular place:

He paints rural views (= pictures of the countryside).
in view UK

close enough to be seen:

I always make sure I keep the children in view whenever we're in a public place.
on view

If something is on view, it is arranged so that it can be seen by the public:

The plans for the new road will soon be on view to the public in the library.

More examples

  • We had a good view of all the ships coming into/leaving port.
  • Our view of the stage was restricted .
  • The first diagram is a view of the shop from the street, and the second shows it in section.
  • He stood near the front to get a better view.
  • A row of tall fir trees shuts off the view of the street in front.


uk /vjuː/ us /vjuː/

view verb (HAVE OPINION)

C2 [ T ] to have a particular opinion or way of thinking about someone or something:

A reporter asked the minister how he viewed recent events.
She is viewed as a strong candidate for the job.
If we view the problem from a different angle, a solution may become more obvious.
How do you view your prospects/chances (= what do you consider your chances to be) in tomorrow's race?

More examples

  • We view future developments with some trepidation.
  • If you view the situation from her point of view, you may be more sympathetic.
  • I didn't view her as a suitable person to look after my children.
  • He was viewed as the leading authority on Impressionist painters.
  • I view this as a transition phase in my life.

view verb (SEE)

C2 [ I or T ] to watch something:

There's a special area at the airport where you can view aircraft taking off and landing.
Viewing figures (= the number of people watching) (= ) for the show were very low.

[ I or T ] to look at something in a complete or careful way:

We have two people coming to view the house this afternoon.
The extent of the flooding can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air.

More examples

  • We viewed the performance from a raised platform.
  • You can view the sharks from outside the glass tank.
  • There are hidden huts from where we view the wildlife.
  • We weren't able to view the property before we bought it.
  • Can we view the rocket launching?

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

"view" in American English

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us /vju/

view noun (SIGHT)

[ C/U ] what you can see from a particular place, or the ability to see from a particular place:

[ U ] She turned a corner and disappeared from view.
[ C ] Our room had spectacular views of the mountains.

view noun (OPINION)

[ C ] a way of looking at something; an opinion:

It’s our view that it’s time we did something and stopped just talking!
He takes a pessimistic view of our chances of success.
The meeting was an opportunity for the two leaders to exchange views.

viewverb [ T ]

us /vju/

view verb [ T ] (OPINION)

to look at or consider something:

How do you view your chances of getting that job?

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