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1 a way of regarding situations or topics etc.; "consider what follows from the positivist view" [syn: position, perspective]
2 the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views" [syn: aspect, prospect, scene, vista, panorama]
3 the act of looking or seeing or observing; "he tried to get a better view of it"; "his survey of the battlefield was limited" [syn: survey, sight]
4 the range of the eye; "they were soon out of view" [syn: eyeshot]
5 a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?" [syn: opinion, sentiment, persuasion, thought]
6 a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof; "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page" [syn: opinion]
7 purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'; "he took the computer with a view to pawning it"
8 graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept; "he painted scenes from everyday life"; "figure 2 shows photographic and schematic views of the equipment" [syn: scene]
9 the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated; "It is beyond the horizon of present knowledge" [syn: horizon, purview]
10 outward appearance; "they look the same in outward view"


1 deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do" [syn: see, consider, reckon, regard]
2 look at carefully; study mentally; "view a problem" [syn: consider, look at]
3 see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie" [syn: watch, see, catch, take in]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /vjuː/


From vewe, from veue (French: vue), feminine past participle of veoir (French: voir "to see").


  1. The act of seeing or looking at something.
    He changed seat to get a complete view of the stage.
  2. The range of vision.
    If there are any rabbits in this park, they keep carefully out of our view.
  3. Something to look at, such as a scenery.
    My flat has a view of a junkyard.
  4. A picture.
    There was a view of the accident site on the front page.
  5. A mental image.
    I need more information to get a better view of the situation.
  6. A way of understanding something, an opinion, a theory.
    Your view on evolution is based on religion, not on scientific findings.
  7. A point of view.
    From my view that is a stupid proposition.
  8. An intention or prospect.
    I gave you the money with the view that you would invest it wisely.


range of vision
something to look at
mental image
  • Finnish: kuva, käsitys
way of understanding
  • Dutch: opvatting
  • Finnish: näkemys
point of view
  • Finnish: oletus, tarkoitus


  1. To look at.


to look at

See also

Extensive Definition

A view is what can be seen in a range of vision. View may also be used as a synonym of point of view in the first sense. View may also be used figuratively or with special significance—for example, to imply a scenic outlook or special vantage point:
The barrier Rhine hath flashed, through battle-smoke,
On men who gaze heart-smitten by the view,
As if all Germany had felt the shock!
- from The Germans on the Heights of Hochheim (1816) by William Wordsworth


Laws or regulations in various jurisdictions may protect a view as an easement, preventing property owners from constructing buildings that would block the view from another location. For example, planning regulations in London protect the view of various historical buildings, such as St. Paul's Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster.
view in German: Aussicht
view in Dutch: Uitzicht
view in Japanese: ビュー
view in Polish: Widok
view in Swedish: Utsikt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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