Definition of view verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    view

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//vjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vjuː//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they view
    BrE BrE//vjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vjuː//
     
    he / she / it views
    BrE BrE//vjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vjuːz//
     
    past simple viewed
    BrE BrE//vjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vjuːd//
     
    past participle viewed
    BrE BrE//vjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vjuːd//
     
    -ing form viewing
    BrE BrE//ˈvjuːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvjuːɪŋ//
     
    Watching TV
     
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    think about something
  1. 1  to think about somebody/something in a particular way view (somebody/something as something) When the car was first built, the design was viewed as highly original. How do you view your position within the company? view somebody/something with something She viewed him with suspicion. You should view their offer with a great deal of caution. Synonymsregardcall find consider see viewThese words all mean to think about somebody/​something in a particular way.regard to think of somebody/​something in a particular way: He seemed to regard the whole thing as a joke.call to say that somebody/​something has particular qualities or characteristics: I wouldn’t call German an easy language.find to have a particular feeling or opinion about something: You may find your illness hard to accept.consider to think of somebody/​something in a particular way: Who do you consider (to be) responsible for the accident?regard or consider?These two words have the same meaning, but they are used in different patterns and structures. In this meaning consider must be used with a complement or clause: you can consider somebody/​something to be something or consider somebody/​something as something, although very often the to be or as is left out: He considers himself an expert.They are considered a high-risk group. You can also consider that somebody/​something is something and again, the that can be left out. Regard is used in a narrower range of structures. The most frequent structure is regard somebody/​something as something; the as cannot be left out: I regard him a close friend. You cannot regard somebody/​something to be something or regard that somebody/​something is something. However, regard (but not consider in this meaning) can also be used without a noun or adjective complement but with just an object and adverb (somebody/​something is highly regarded) or adverbial phrase (regard somebody/​something with suspicion/​jealousy/​admiration).see to have an opinion of something: Try to see things from her point of view.view to think of somebody/​something in a particular way: How do you view your position within the company? View has the same meaning as regard and consider but is slightly less frequent and slightly less formal. The main structures are view somebody/​something as somebody/​something (you cannot leave out the as) and view somebody/​something with something.Patterns to regard/​consider/​see/​view somebody/​something as something to regard/​consider/​see/​view somebody/​something from a particular point of view to find/​consider somebody/​something to be something generally/​usually regarded/​considered/​seen/​viewed as something to regard/​consider/​view somebody/​something favourably/​unfavourably
  2. look at something
  3. 2  view something (formal) to look at something, especially when you look carefully People came from all over the world to view her work. A viewing platform gave stunning views over the valley. The eclipse should only be viewed through a special lens. Synonymslookwatch see view observeThese words all mean to turn your eyes in a particular direction.look to turn your eyes in a particular direction:If you look carefully you can just see our house from here. She looked at me and smiled.watch to look at somebody/​something for a time, paying attention to what happens:to watch television Watch what I do, then you try.see to watch a game, television programme, performance, etc:In the evening we went to see a movie.view (formal) to look at something, especially when you look carefully; to watch television, a film/​movie, etc:People came from all over the world to view her work.watch, see or view?You can see/​view a film/​movie/​programme but you cannot:see/​view television. View is more formal than see and is used especially in business contexts.observe (formal) to watch somebody/​something carefully, especially to learn more about them or it:The patients were observed over a period of several months.Patterns to look/​watch for somebody/​something to watch/​observe what/​who/​how… to look/​watch/​view/​observe (somebody/​something) with amazement/​surprise/​disapproval, etc. to watch/​see/​view a film/​movie/​show/​programme to watch/​see a match/​game/​fight to look (at somebody/​something)/watch (somebody/​something)/observe somebody/​something carefully/​closely
  4. 3view something (formal) to visit a house, etc. with the intention of buying or renting it The property can only be viewed by appointment.
  5. watch TV, film/movie
  6. 4view something (formal) to watch television, a film/movie, etc. The show has a viewing audience of six million (= six million people watch it). an opportunity to view the movie before it goes on general release Synonymslookwatch see view observeThese words all mean to turn your eyes in a particular direction.look to turn your eyes in a particular direction:If you look carefully you can just see our house from here. She looked at me and smiled.watch to look at somebody/​something for a time, paying attention to what happens:to watch television Watch what I do, then you try.see to watch a game, television programme, performance, etc:In the evening we went to see a movie.view (formal) to look at something, especially when you look carefully; to watch television, a film/​movie, etc:People came from all over the world to view her work.watch, see or view?You can see/​view a film/​movie/​programme but you cannot:see/​view television. View is more formal than see and is used especially in business contexts.observe (formal) to watch somebody/​something carefully, especially to learn more about them or it:The patients were observed over a period of several months.Patterns to look/​watch for somebody/​something to watch/​observe what/​who/​how… to look/​watch/​view/​observe (somebody/​something) with amazement/​surprise/​disapproval, etc. to watch/​see/​view a film/​movie/​show/​programme to watch/​see a match/​game/​fight to look (at somebody/​something)/watch (somebody/​something)/observe somebody/​something carefully/​closely See related entries: Watching TV
  7. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French vieue, feminine past participle of veoir ‘see’, from Latin videre. The verb dates from the early 16th cent.Extra examples He is widely viewed as a possible leader. Slaves were traditionally viewed as their masters’ property. These results should be viewed cautiously. They tend to view foreigners with suspicion. This behaviour is not viewed as acceptable. Try to view the situation from an American perspective. Try to view the situation objectively. Saturday’s screening will be an opportunity to view the movie before it goes on general release. She has always viewed him with suspicion. The eclipse should only be viewed through a special lens. The show has a viewing audience of six million. When the car was first built, the design was viewed as highly original. You should view their offer with a great deal of caution.
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