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

     

    overlook

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlʊk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overlook
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlʊk//
     
    he / she / it overlooks
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlʊks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlʊks//
     
    past simple overlooked
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlʊkt//
     
    past participle overlooked
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlʊkt//
     
    -ing form overlooking
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlʊkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlʊkɪŋ//
     
    House location
     
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  1. 1overlook something to fail to see or notice something synonym miss He seems to have overlooked one important fact. In my hurry to finish the exam I had overlooked part of one of the questions.
  2. 2overlook something to see something wrong or bad but decide to ignore it synonym turn a blind eye We could not afford to overlook such a serious offence. He’s so friendly people are prepared to overlook his faults.
  3. 3overlook something if a building, etc. overlooks a place, you can see that place from the building a restaurant overlooking the lake Our back yard is overlooked by several houses. See related entries: House location
  4. 4overlook somebody (for something) to not consider somebody for a job or position, even though they might be suitable synonym pass over She's been overlooked for promotion several times.
  5. Extra examples Hospitals have tended to overlook this need. I was prepared to overlook her mistakes this time. It is easy to overlook the significance of this change. The importance of this should not be overlooked. We should not overlook this possibility. another fact which is all too easily overlooked He’s so friendly people are prepared to overlook his faults. That’s a point which should not be overlooked.