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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)







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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).

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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.lʊk/ US (UK viewpoint)
a place from where a person can look at something, especially at an area of natural beauty: 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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