overlook

To overlook something is to fail to see it. When planning a party, it's best to write out a to-do list so that you don't overlook any details.

The verb overlook literally means to look over the top of. The word has come to refer to the act of neglecting something, usually because your focus is aimed elsewhere. You might overlook the cost of car insurance if you’re busy calculating the cost of buying the car and paying for gas and parking. As a noun, an overlook is a space high above ground. You might overlook your curfew if you're busy enjoying an overlook with your date.

Definitions of overlook
  1. verb
    look down on
    synonyms: command, dominate, overtop
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    types:
    dwarf, overshadow, shadow
    make appear small by comparison
    type of:
    lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  2. verb
    be oriented in a certain direction
    “The apartment overlooks the Hudson”
    synonyms: look across, look out on, look out over
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    type of:
    lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  3. verb
    watch over
    “I am overlooking her work”
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    type of:
    survey
    look over carefully or inspect
  4. noun
    a high place affording a good view
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    type of:
    place, spot, topographic point
    a point located with respect to surface features of some region
  5. verb
    look past, fail to notice
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    type of:
    lose, miss
    fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
  6. verb
    leave undone or leave out
    synonyms: drop, leave out, miss, neglect, omit, overleap, pretermit
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    Antonyms:
    attend to, take to heart
    get down to; pay attention to; take seriously
    types:
    forget
    forget to do something
    jump, pass over, skip, skip over
    bypass
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