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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

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

Opponents of capital punishment argue that the state has no right to take a murderer's life. Apparently, one fact that abolitionists forget or overlook is that the state is acting not only on behalf of society, but also on behalf of the murdered person and the murdered person's family.
Dennis Prager

See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.
Pope John XXIII

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.

Negative feedback is better that none. I would rather have a man hate me than overlook me. As long as he hates me I make a difference.
Hugh Prather
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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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