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overlookverb [T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈlʊk/
  • overlook verb [T] (VIEW)

to have or give a ​view of something from above: Our ​hotelroom 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 ​bestdirector. To overlook is also to ​forgivebadbehavior: We’ll overlook ​yourabsence 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 ​naturalbeauty
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"overlook" in British English

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overlookverb [T]

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈlʊk/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/
  • overlook verb [T] (VIEW)

B2 to ​provide a ​view of, ​especially from above: Our ​hotelroom overlooked the ​harbour. The ​house is ​surrounded by ​trees, so it's not overlooked at all (= it cannot be ​seen from any other ​buildings).

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  • overlook verb [T] (FORGIVE)

to ​forgive or ​pretend not to ​notice something: I'm ​prepared to overlook his ​behaviour this ​time.

overlooknoun [C]

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.lʊk/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/ US (UK viewpoint)
a ​place from where a ​person can ​look at something, ​especially at an ​area of ​naturalbeauty: There are ​lots of scenic overlooks along the ​road from New York to Montreal.
(Definition of overlook from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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