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tr.v. o·ver·looked, o·ver·look·ing, o·ver·looks
a. To look over or at from a higher place: We overlooked the valley from the cliff.
b. To afford a view over: The tower overlooks the sea.
a. To fail to notice or consider; miss: Even the editor overlooked this error.
b. To ignore deliberately or indulgently; disregard: I'll overlook that remark if you leave now.
3. Archaic
a. To look over; examine: overlook a manuscript for errors.
b. To manage; supervise: overlook farm hands.
n. (ō′vər-lo͝ok′)
An elevated place that affords an extensive view: a scenic overlook.
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Adj.1.overlooking - used of a height or viewpoint; "a commanding view of the ocean"; "looked up at the castle dominating the countryside"; "the balcony overlooking the ballroom"
high - (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high'); "a high mountain"; "high ceilings"; "high buildings"; "a high forehead"; "a high incline"; "a foot high"
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As I sit here tonight in my little study overlooking the Hudson, just twenty years have elapsed since I first opened my eyes upon Mars.
Thirty feet above the courtyard and overlooking it was a broad balcony, and there, indeed, was Matai Shang, and with him were Thurid and Phaidor, Thuvia, and Dejah Thoris--the last two heavily ironed.
Matai Shang rose and, leaning over the edge of the balcony, gave voice to the weird call that I had heard from the lips of the priests upon the tiny balcony upon the face of the Golden Cliffs overlooking the Valley Dor, when, in times past, they called the fearsome white apes and the hideous plant men to the feast of victims floating down the broad bosom of the mysterious Iss toward the silian-infested waters of the Lost Sea of Korus.
At the upper end we came out into a small chamber, the walls of which were plank except for a single window overlooking the slopes of Otz and the Valley of Lost Souls beyond.
The city was dominated by a great castle upon an overlooking height whose name I knew, but could not speak.
Room overlooking the swimming pool, additional fees for a beach view.
TAKE an exclusive evening tour of Buckingham Palace in the company of an expert guide, before enjoying a glass of Champagne in the Bow Room overlooking the famous lawns.
CHARLTON - The controversial plans to install three wind turbines on swaths of wooded landscape overlooking town center received site plan approval from the Planning Board last night.
Accommodation includes a hallway with a window overlooking the front garden and an understairs cupboard.
More than 50% of the residences have been sold at Avery, Extell Development Company's new luxury condominium overlooking the Hudson River and Riverside Park South on the Upper West Side.
But they're overlooking something themselves (and I know all about overlooking: I've just moved into a flat overlooking the rent), namely that O'Toole is a constant embarrassment to Academy voters who cannot believe they have garlanded Tom Hanks twice for Best Actor while keeping O'Toole award-free.