- 1overlook something to fail to see or notice something He seems to have overlooked one important fact. In my hurry to finish the exam I had overlooked part of one of the questions.
- 2overlook something to see something wrong or bad but decide to ignore it synonym turn a blind eye to We could not afford to overlook such a serious offense. He's so friendly people are prepared to overlook his faults.
- 3 overlook something if a building, etc. overlooks a place, you can see that place from the building a restaurant overlooking the lake Our backyard is overlooked by several houses.
- 4overlook somebody (for something) to not consider someone for a job or position, even though they might be suitable synonym pass over She's been overlooked for promotion several times.
NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlʊk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overlook
he / she / it overlooks
past simple overlooked
-ing form overlooking