Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

overlook

overlook
Meaning(s)
1) fail to notice something
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • overlook a mistake/error
  • Analysis
    When you overlook something means to fail to notice it or to fail to give it proper attention. "I seem to have overlooked that part of the report."  it can also mean to have a view of something usually from above. "I would like to book a room overlooking the lake if possible." "The sky bar offers views that overlook the entire city."  If you 'overlook' someone's behaviour or comments it means you choose to ignore them. "I can't overlook that comment I find it very offensive."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The teacher overlooked a spelling mistake in the student's English essay.
    2. The examiner decided to overlook the error and he awarded the girl full marks.
    3. Don't overlook emerging technologies when choosing a university degree.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The cost of overlooking something hidden in the data can be huge so we review it on a regular basis.
    2. I feel it's best to overlook this feedback for the moment until we have the resources to improve things.
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