Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) fail to notice something
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overlook a mistake/error
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)
Theteacher overlooked a spelling mistakein the student's English essay.
The examiner decided to overlook the errorand he awarded the girl full marks.
Don't overlook emerging technologieswhen choosing a university degree.
Professional Examples (Basic)
The cost of overlookingsomething hidden in the data can be huge so we review it on a regular basis.
I feel it's best tooverlook this feedback for the moment until we have the resources to improve things.
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