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.

Primary Meanings of overlook

1.
vn
look down on
a high place affording a good view
2.
v
look past, fail to notice
Full Definitions of overlook
1

v look down on

Synonyms:
command, dominate, overtop
Types:
dwarf, overshadow, shadow
make appear small by comparison
Type of:
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

v be oriented in a certain direction

“The apartment overlooks the Hudson”
Synonyms:
look across, look out on, look out over
Type of:
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

v watch over

“I am overlooking her work”
Type of:
survey
look over carefully or inspect

n a high place affording a good view

Type of:
place, spot, topographic point
a point located with respect to surface features of some region
2

v look past, fail to notice

Type of:
lose, miss
fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind

v leave undone or leave out

Synonyms:
drop, leave out, miss, neglect, omit, overleap, pretermit
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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