EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OVERLOOKED
Seizing the lamp from the hearth, she hastened to the window that overlooked the street-door.
Napoleon had been at his favorite resort,—the grotto that overlooked the sea.
The manner of Lydia's conversion ought not to be overlooked.
Ariston was painting the walls of a room that overlooked the garden.
It overlooked the village and the river a long way up and down.
There is still one circumstance, replied I, which you seem to have overlooked.
I take shame on myself that your fortunes have been overlooked.
And the loss fell where it could never be overlooked for a moment,—on their joy in their child.
Here was a new way out, developed in a quarter until then overlooked.
The Chretiennot's rooms were on the third floor, and overlooked the courtyard.
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).