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Definition of Overlook

Overlook

  1. To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to rise above, so as to command a view of; as, to overlook a valley from a hill.
  2. Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly; as, to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter.
  3. To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly.
  4. To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate.
  5. To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking; hence, to refrain from bestowing notice or attention upon; to neglect; to pass over without censure or punishment; to excuse.

Overlook Quotations

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James

Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
William James

What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?
Anais Nin

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
Sigmund Freud
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Overlook Translations

overlook in Danish is udelade
overlook in Dutch is verzaken, nalaten, uitlaten
overlook in Latin is despecto
overlook in Portuguese is negligencie

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