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Definition of view noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a personal opinion about something; an attitude toward something to have different/conflicting/opposing views to have strong political views view (about/on something) His views on the subject were well known. This evidence supports the view that there is too much violence on television. We take the view that it would be wrong to interfere. In my view it was a waste of time. What is needed is a frank exchange of views. see also point of view Language Bankaccording toreporting someone's opinionPhotography is, according to Vidal, the art form of untalented people.For Vidal, photography is the art form of untalented people.His view is that photography is not art but merely the mechanical reproduction of images.Smith takes the view that photography is both an art and a science.In Brown's view, photography should be treated as a legitimate art in its own right.James is of the opinion that a good painter can always be a good photographer if he or she so decides.Emerson believed that a photograph should reflect only what the human eye can see. Language Bankopiniongiving your personal opinion In my opinion, everyone should have some understanding of science. Everyone should, in my opinion, have some understanding of science. It seems to me that many people in this country have a flawed understanding of science. This is, in my view, the result of a failure of the scientific community to get its message across. Another reason why so many people have such a poor understanding of science is, I believe, the lack of adequate funding for science in schools. Smith argues that science is separate from culture. My own view is that science belongs with literature, art, philosophy, and religion as an integral part of our culture. In this writer's opinion, the more the public knows about science, the less they will fear and distrust it.
  2. way of understanding
  3. 2[singular] view (of something) a way of understanding or thinking about something He has an optimistic view of life. the Christian view of the world The traditional view was that marriage was meant to last. The book gives readers an inside view of political life. see also world view
  4. what you can see
  5. 3[uncountable, singular] used when you are talking about whether you can see something or whether something can be seen in a particular situation The lake soon came into view. The sun disappeared from view. There was no one in view. Sit down — you're blocking my view. I didn't have a good view of the stage. Thesaurussightview visionThese are all words for the area or distance that you can see from a particular position.sight the area or distance that you can see from a particular position:He looked up the street, but there was no one in sight. Leave any valuables in your car out of sight.view (somewhat formal) the area or distance that you can see from a particular position:The lake soon came into view. Our hotel room had amazing views of the the area that you can see from a particular position:The couple moved out of her field of vision (= the total area you can see from a particular position).sight, view, or vision?View is more literary than sight or vision. It is the only word for talking about how well you can see something:I didn't have a good sight/vision of the stage.Vision must always be used with a possessive pronoun:my/his/her etc. (field of) vision. It is not used with the prepositions in, into, and out of that are very frequent with sight and view:There was nobody in vision. A tall figure came into vision.Patterns in/out of sight/view in/within sight/view >of>something to come into/disappear from sight/view/somebody's vision to come in sight/view >of>somebody/something to block somebody's view/vision somebody's line of sight/vision somebody's field of view/vision
  6. 4[countable] what you can see from a particular place or position, especially beautiful countryside There were magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The view from the top of the tower was spectacular. an ocean/mountain view I'd like a room with a view.
  7. photograph/picture
  8. 5[countable] a photograph or picture that shows an interesting place or scene a book with views of Paris
  9. Thesaurusviewsight scene panoramaThese are all words for a thing that you can see, especially from a particular place.view what you can see from a particular place or position, especially beautiful natural scenery:The cottage had an amazing ocean view.sight a thing that you see or can see, especially something that is impressive or unusual:It's a spectacular sight as the flamingos lift into the air.scene a view that you see, especially one with people and/or animals moving about and doing things:It was a pleasant rural scene.panorama a view of a wide area of land:The mountain's peak offers a breathtaking panorama of Phoenix.Patterns a view/panorama of something a beautiful/breathtaking view/sight/scene/panorama a magnificent/spectacular view/sight/panorama to take in the view/sight/scene to admire the view/sightIdioms
    a bird's-eye view (of something)
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    a view of something from a high position looking down From the plane we had a bird's eye view of Manhattan.
    have, etc. something in view (formal)
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    to have a particular aim, plan, etc. in your mind synonym have somebody/something in mind (for something) He wanted to make money and went abroad with this end in view.
    heave into sight/view (formal)
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    (especially of ships) to appear, especially when moving gradually closer from a long way off A ship hove into sight. Like a galleon in full sail, Cara hove into view. Hove is usually used for the past tense and past participle in this idiom.
    in full view (of somebody/something)
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    completely visible, directly in front of someone or something He was shot in full view of a large crowd.
    in plain sight/view
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    in a place that is very obvious; not hidden His laptop was stolen when he left it in plain sight in his car.
    in view of something (formal)
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    considering something In view of the weather, the event will now be held indoors.
    being shown in a public place so that people can look at it The new discoveries will be on view in Chicago in the spring.
    take a dim view of somebody/something
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    to disapprove of someone or something; to not have a good opinion of someone or something She took a dim view of my suggestion.
    take the long view (of something)
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    to consider what is likely to happen or be important over a long period of time rather than only considering the present situation As pension funds are investing for members' retirements, they can take the long view.
    with a view to something/to doing something (formal)
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    with the intention or hope of doing something He's painting the house with a view to selling it.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: view