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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OVERLOOK

Our friend will overlook the matter if you do but say that you have acted in heat and haste.

You might overlook the most important part of my paraphernalia; and really I am not damaged.

It'll be an advantage if she is Irish, but I'll overlook it if she isn't.

From the hill, we could overlook the river, and the adjacent country.

We do not indeed justify her faults, but let us not overlook our own.

He would prize the jewel, and overlook the inferiority of the casket.

Being so considerate as to visit me, I hope you will be likewise so considerate as to overlook that.

I do nothing but beg and pray you to be comforted and overlook it.

But they are so eager that they overlook the need of literary discipline.

She was too good a woman to overlook his sin, or to allow anyone else to overlook it.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "to examine, scrutinize, inspect," from over- + look (v.). Another Middle English sense was "to peer over the top of." These two literal senses have given rise to the two main modern meanings. Meaning "to look over or beyond and thus not see," via notion of "to choose to not notice" is first recorded 1520s. Seemingly contradictory sense of "to watch over officially, keep an eye on, superintend" is from 1530s. Related: Overlooked; overlooking. In Shekaspeare's day, overlooking also was a common term for "inflicting the evil eye on" (someone or something).

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