O`ver*look" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overlooked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Overlooking.]


To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to rise above, so as to command a view of; as, to overlook a valley from a hill.

"The pile o'erlooked the town."


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


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.


To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly.

"Overlook this pedigree."


The time and care that are required To overlook and file and polish well. Roscommon.


To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate.

[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]


If you trouble me I will overlook you, and then your pigs will die. C. Kingsley.


To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking; hence, to refrain from bestowing notice or attention upon; to neglect; to pass over without censure or punishment; to excuse.

The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. Acts xvii. 30 (Rev. Ver. )

They overlook truth in the judgments they pass. Atterbury.

The pardoning and overlooking of faults. Addison.


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