Overlook O`ver*look", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overlooked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overlooking}.] 1. To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to be situated above, so as to command a view of; as, to overlook a valley from a hill; a hotel room that overlooks the marketplace. ``The pile o'erlooked the town.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster +PJC]

[Titan] with burning eye did hotly overlook them. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly; as, to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter. [1913 Webster]

3. To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly. ``Overlook this pedigree.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The time and care that are required To overlook and file and polish well. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

4. To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

If you trouble me I will overlook you, and then your pigs will die. --C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster]

5. To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking; to fail to notice; to fail to observe; as, to overlook a mistake in addition; to overlook a missing bolt. [1913 Webster +PJC]

6. Hence: To refrain from bestowing notice or attention upon; to disregard or deliberately ignore; to pass over without censure or punishment; to excuse or pardon (a fault, error, or misdeed). [1913 Webster +PJC]

The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. --Acts xvii. 30 (Rev. Ver. ) [1913 Webster]

They overlook truth in the judgments they pass. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

The pardoning and overlooking of faults. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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