outlook

The word outlook describes a belief about the future. Your outlook on the awful present situation might make your outlook for the future turn grim.

The noun outlook can also mean the practice of looking out. A guard's outlook on the bank vault must stay watchful and attentive in case there's an attempted robbery. Your outlook on your first job out of college was one of promise and excitement. The word can also mean a characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will handle situations. A pessimistic outlook on life will make you see only the negative.

Primary Meanings of outlook

1.
n
a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations
2.
n
the act of looking out
Full Definitions of outlook
1

n a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations

Synonyms:
mentality, mind-set, mindset
Type of:
attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

n belief about (or mental picture of) the future

Synonyms:
expectation, prospect
Types:
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hope, promise
grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
foretaste
an early limited awareness of something yet to occur
possibility
a future prospect or potential
anticipation, expectancy
something expected (as on the basis of a norm)
apprehension, misgiving
painful expectation
rainbow
an illusory hope
life expectancy
an expected time to live as calculated on the basis of statistical probabilities
Type of:
belief
any cognitive content held as true
2

n the act of looking out

Synonyms:
lookout
Type of:
look, looking, looking at
the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

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