Definition of view in English:



  • 1The ability to see something or to be seen from a particular place.

    ‘the end of the tunnel came into view’
    [count noun] ‘they stood on the bar to get a better view’
    • ‘It sneaks into view from the narrow streets, and one is drawn to it like a Magnet for the Spirit.’
    • ‘A big bald man with a brown mustache ordered, stepping into view from behind the trees.’
    • ‘Which means that I have a particularly good view of that Guard Tower in the garden beyond Lucy Smooth's.’
    • ‘James sat near the shaft entrance up on the hill, hidden from view by trees and bushes.’
    • ‘Just before touchdown he became aware of a pylon coming into view from behind a tree.’
    • ‘No sooner was Doherty back in the team than the mercurial ability of Graham Geraghty hoved into view.’
    • ‘At the moment, trees obscure the existing camera's view of some parts of the street.’
    • ‘All of this is in open view of the street through big glass windows where the camera crew happen to be.’
    • ‘The other woman sighed; Vicky's view of her was obstructed by a circle of three guards that surrounded her.’
    • ‘Tarmac insists the quarry will be hidden from view by a screen of more than 20,000 trees and a mile and a half of hedgerow.’
    • ‘So I head back on to the hillside where all that is hidden from view by trees, and have a last few minutes in wilderness.’
    • ‘The water slides show no signs of abating and regularly obstruct one's view of the sun.’
    • ‘At times they vanished from view behind trees, to reappear, smaller still, in the distance.’
    • ‘I kept her hidden from view with a spell, and told her to stay put until I whistled for her.’
    • ‘Looking over the oval, the entrance to the tunnel is shielded from view by a large green shed.’
    • ‘I ducked as more bandits stalked into view between the trees on my side of the river.’
    • ‘I couldn't see the trail very well anymore, some thick trees obstructing my view of it.’
    • ‘The type of tree will be chosen so as not to obstruct one's view or cause overcrowding.’
    • ‘A small wood shingled A frame, it was solidly encased by trees, hidden from view.’
    • ‘As it came into view, I noticed all the homes, restaurants and hotels that had been lost.’
    sight, perspective, field of vision, range of vision, vision, visibility, eyeshot
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    1. 1.1A sight or prospect, typically of attractive natural scenery, that can be taken in by the eye from a particular place.
      ‘a fine view of the castle’
      • ‘Fine views of the coast are an added bonus for the golfer.’
      • ‘It is also in a prime location, with panoramic views of the stunning Peak District, visible from every window in the home.’
      • ‘This panoramic view of Times Square on New Year's Eve includes ambient noise.’
      • ‘The idea was to open and frame attractive views of the historic buildings.’
      • ‘The presence of cameras staring at the terrace and into the street below does not belittle the stunning view from the roof.’
      • ‘Bay windows also offer opportunities for built-in seats, maximising space and often exploiting attractive views.’
      • ‘The lodge comprises two reception rooms and five bedrooms and with its southerly aspect, enjoys fine views down the River Naver.’
      • ‘Although there's not much to see inside the castle itself, the views from it are spectacular.’
      • ‘This walk which covers a distance of eleven miles will pass through some magnificent scenery with panoramic views.’
      • ‘The Faithlegg estate itself offers Moire a wealth of stunning views for landscape painting.’
      • ‘From £820 per person, you get a week's bed and breakfast at Hotel Thalassa, which has stunning views across Coral Bay.’
      • ‘From the summit the panorama encompasses fine views of the Great Glen in general and Loch Ness in particular.’
      • ‘The manor also boasts fine views of the local hospital, a stunning former garrison building.’
      • ‘Which historic Shanghai building boasts gourmet restaurants, world-class boutiques and stunning views?’
      • ‘To the left and right two sets of French doors lead out to two small balconies offering attractive views up and down river.’
      • ‘There are three further bedrooms on the second floor, one of which has attractive views north over to Fife.’
      • ‘Climbing up onto the walls provides you with an amazing panoramic view of the area.’
      • ‘Return to the main track and look out for views of Blackness Castle and the Trossachs to the west.’
      • ‘The truth is that, at present, I only have to lift my eyes by ten degrees and I have a sumptuous panoramic view of a building site.’
      • ‘From the living area, a stair rises to the long thin private sitting room/study that looks out over stunning views.’
      • ‘Depending on design, they can mask undesirable sights or highlight attractive views.’
      • ‘The actual dinner was fine and the views worthy of all the gushings generated by the copywriter in the brochure we'd picked up earlier that week.’
      • ‘It sleeps four comfortably and every room has panoramic views of stunning sea and mountain vistas.’
      • ‘From its Look Out Level it offers a stunning view of the city, especially at sunset.’
      • ‘So anyone who finds such views attractive will think that the account is a hard one to swallow.’
      • ‘They have stunning sea views, pristine beaches and pools, and lush landscaped gardens.’
      • ‘Great river views attract Bristol's finest to drink and dine al fresco on the terrace.’
      • ‘This circular walk up a little hill offers fine views of the Ken Valley and the higher peaks of Galloway, followed by a walk along a tree-filled valley.’
      outlook, prospect, panorama, vista, scene, aspect, perspective, spectacle, sight
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    2. 1.2A work of art depicting an attractive view.
      • ‘Stephen paints with his impressionistic views of vast, cool mathematical landscapes.’
      • ‘Van Dyck, Canaletto's views of Venice, da Vinci sketches, Holbeins, Rubens and Rembrandts.’
      • ‘Some, the view of Warsaw to the Ordynacki Palace and that towards the Royal Palace, merit the attentions of a restorer.’
      • ‘The view is supposed to depict the landscape as seen through the asylum windows.’
    3. 1.3The visual appearance or an image of something when looked at in a particular way.
      ‘an aerial view of the military earthworks’
      • ‘The glass color and clarity will influence the entire building appearance and affect interior views.’
      • ‘It is an accidental bonus if the framed views, or the visual exchanges, also invoke the spatial experience of a classic Chinese garden.’
      • ‘Google Earth is designed to make it easy to ‘fly’ to aerial views of many locations on the planet.’
      • ‘The exhibition catalogue makes dizzy reading as one flicks through the highly animated drawings of buildings, aerial views of cityscapes.’
      • ‘Anyway, when I got back home I turned on the telly to see lots of pictures of a train station and aerial views of a shinkansen bullet train.’
      • ‘The graphics are cartoony with two viewpoints, an aerial view and a ground-level view.’
      • ‘On the beach are the watercourses of small rivulets that formed in the rain and are left behind like aerial views of the world's great river deltas.’
      • ‘Commentary bus tours run through it and there's a Skyfari chair lift that offers you aerial views of the menagerie.’
      • ‘A full 3D view allows the ability to zoom in to see the action close up for full immersion.’
      • ‘Anyone else have better sources of aerial views looking down for viewing the effect of the damage on coastlines and rivers?’
      • ‘But I want to take you to some live pictures, aerial views of the city of New Orleans.’
      • ‘I'm a complete sucker for aerial views, and this sucked big time.’
      • ‘In the upper corner appears a camera view from combats occurring around the board.’
    4. 1.4An inspection of things for sale by prospective purchasers, especially of works of art at an exhibition.
      examination, check, check-up, survey, scrutiny, look-over, probe, exploration, perusal, scan, observation, investigation, assessment, appraisal, review, evaluation
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    5. 1.5Law (in court proceedings) a formal inspection by the judge and jury of the scene of a crime or property mentioned in evidence.
      • ‘I proceed today to reach a decision on the basis that no view of the scene by the jury could take place.’
  • 2A particular way of considering or regarding something; an attitude or opinion.

    ‘strong political views’
    • ‘The gain is that all kinds of minorities with different views are now represented.’
    • ‘Mom will get carried away too, caught up in the strong opinions and harsh views.’
    • ‘Sibyl was never in a mood to compete with her, for they each had different opinions and views on how things should come to pass.’
    • ‘We have our own opinions and views on political developments.’
    • ‘He was different to many other lawyers who held strong political views.’
    • ‘Do you support his vision for Iran, or are you just giving a forum to dissidents of different political views?’
    • ‘But her husband, Bob, will not be acting as her consort - because he holds different political views to his wife.’
    • ‘Well, I'm sure that the president of the United States has some very strong views with regards to the recall effort.’
    • ‘She is strong in her political views and religious beliefs.’
    • ‘That does not, however, prevent us from taking a different view with regard to the costs of the appeal before us.’
    • ‘Everyone at the gym seemed to have different opinions and views on how to train.’
    • ‘This is the only internet survey of political views based on real opinion poll data.’
    • ‘Astonishingly, the senator was giving strong political views.’
    • ‘Clearly, since this is a matter of opinion, different views are tenable.’
    • ‘Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own?’
    • ‘How well do we take on board, consider and reflect the views of minorities in reaching decisions?’
    • ‘I considered writing about it, throwing in my own heavily opinionated political and religious views, but I won't.’
    • ‘I have also considered carefully the views expressed with regard to the quality of the stained glass on the stairs.’
    • ‘Although they may not agree at all times and obviously have many different views and opinions, the boat has not been rocked.’
    • ‘They have divergent political views, from each other, from their unions, and definitely from the Labour Party.’
    opinion, point of view, viewpoint, belief, judgement, reckoning, way of thinking, thinking, thought, notion, idea, conviction, persuasion, attitude, feeling, sentiment, impression, concept, conception, hypothesis, theory, thesis, estimate, estimation, conclusion, verdict
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  • 1[with object] Look at or inspect (something)

    ‘the public can view the famous hall with its unique staircase’
    • ‘Further north Muriwai beach is a favourite spot for viewing New Zealand's northernmost breeding colony of gannets.’
    • ‘People were also allowed to view some of the game, which was kept in bomas on the reserve.’
    • ‘The carving was to the front, and was viewed from the main hall.’
    • ‘The draft bye-laws can be viewed at county hall and the last date for observations and submissions to be made to the council, is July 10.’
    • ‘All the players lurched around and stared at Jess, viewing her from head to toes.’
    • ‘In many cases of heel pain located about 3cm above the heel bone, there is no inflammation present when the tendon is scanned or viewed by microscopic analysis.’
    • ‘Members of the public can view these and other documents at the National Archive.’
    • ‘It may be viewed by the public free of charge at participating galleries throughout the country.’
    • ‘Flavonoid spots were detected by viewing the 2D-PCs in visible and UV light.’
    • ‘Before it could be viewed by the public, his art was taken down without his knowledge.’
    • ‘Several key spots for viewing the lesser kestrel are at ancient monasteries built into cliffs along narrow dry streambeds that wind down to the Jordan River.’
    • ‘The proposals are now on show at the council's offices in Basildon town centre and can be viewed by the public until the middle of February.’
    • ‘This offers the artist the chance to display their work and allow it to be viewed by the public.’
    • ‘The plans have now been submitted by Asda Stores, of Leeds, and can be viewed at Shipley Town Hall's planning department.’
    • ‘A small horizontal slit in the center of the door allowed me to view some of the darkened room beyond.’
    • ‘She surreptitiously wiped the tears from her cheeks before she gave up and allowed herself to be viewed.’
    • ‘From this perspective, the game is simply beautiful and it allows the player to view everything they need to.’
    • ‘The report can also be viewed at County Hall and at district and borough council offices.’
    • ‘The exhibition is open to the public and can be viewed over the next couple of weeks during normal opening hours for free admission.’
    • ‘The plans and a model of the building can be viewed by the public at Chadwell Library, Brentwood Road.’
    look at, gaze at, stare at, peer at, eye, observe, ogle, contemplate, regard, scan, survey, watch
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    1. 1.1Watch (something) on television.
      • ‘Producers spend much of the time out of their offices - in the studio, at the location, viewing the raw rushes and, later, the rough edited film or tape.’
      • ‘MTV's viewing audience would be similar to that of this teen drama.’
      • ‘Even when we switch off these allegedly offending channels here, those with satellite television will continue viewing them.’
      • ‘That was the extent of my television viewing last night.’
      • ‘Television viewing information is collected by the Broadcasters Audience Research Board.’
      • ‘Log your television viewing habits for one week in a notebook.’
      • ‘Today I experienced the profound horror of both viewing this ad on television and hearing it on the radio.’
      • ‘An interesting test of this for television commercials is to view it with the sound off and see what the visuals alone communicate.’
      • ‘Thus, televised sport was viewed first as programming and then as sport.’
      • ‘Even the Broadcasting Standards Tribunal has concluded that parents cannot be solely responsible for regulating and monitoring the content of television viewed by children.’
      • ‘There were also far too many ‘supervisors’ at the scene, leading to a tangled chain of command that was evident even to those viewing the scene on television.’
      • ‘Now, the rest of these shows are populated by people who choose to make fools of themselves in front of a national television viewing audience.’
      • ‘Italian television viewing figures went through the roof with 5,200,000 people watching the decisive stage on Saturday.’
      • ‘While viewing ice hockey on television is fun, seeing world class NHL stars perform live is an unforgettable experience.’
      • ‘First, in viewing the taped segments afterward, the board picked up details about candidates that they'd missed during the live interview.’
      • ‘Anyone who's never seen La Strada is advised to wait until after viewing the film to watch Scorsese's discussion.’
      • ‘In personal interviews, the researchers also asked study participants about their television viewing habits.’
      • ‘These ads can piggyback on the televisions station's viewing audience.’
      • ‘What is the cultural statement to be made by the fact that the most widely viewed event on television in this country is going to be dominated by commercials for sexual enhancement?’
      • ‘It is viewed weekly on television and played by men and boys throughout the country.’
      watch, look at, observe, catch
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    2. 1.2Hunting See (a fox) break cover.
  • 2[with object] Regard in a particular light or with a particular attitude.

    ‘farmers are viewing the rise in rabbit numbers with concern’
    • ‘Autologous bone marrow transplantation was being viewed in a different light.’
    • ‘To suggest that people employed in breeding dogs and so forth can be viewed in the same light is contemptible.’
    • ‘This belief should be viewed in light of the basis of pleas entered above.’
    • ‘That account has to be viewed in the light of the contemporary documents.’
    • ‘The high cholesterol content of eggs causes them to be viewed in a dim light, although studies suggest that their intake has relatively little bearing on our risk of death.’
    • ‘But if everything that passes in front of the eyes is supposed to be entertaining, and is viewed in that light, then the simulation would be condemned as appalling taste.’
    • ‘Circumcision, I can tell you, is not a prospect to be viewed lightly in later life.’
    • ‘The results presented in this article need to be viewed in light of several limitations.’
    • ‘Any conclusions to be drawn from the survey need to be viewed in the light of changing political circumstances in the academic research domain.’
    • ‘However, his memory of the events on March 15, 1996 must be viewed in light of the following exchange between him and his counsel.’
    • ‘The reliability of Miss Stadden's evidence and of her second statement might have been viewed differently in light of the full knowledge of the array of misconduct.’
    • ‘The varying reactions to the women's health initiative findings can be viewed in many lights.’
    • ‘So you suddenly had a few million farmers beginning to view themselves as consumers.’
    • ‘When we think about the Middle Ages, it is easy to view Europe in light of what it became rather than what it was.’
    • ‘The gender differences found in this study need to be viewed in light of two methodological limitations.’
    • ‘The difficulties and importance of schooling during childhood have come to be viewed in a new light in the social sciences.’
    • ‘Technological progress has always been viewed with fear and regarded with distrust.’
    • ‘If Nick wants to go down this path, some of his comments may well have to be viewed in the same light.’
    • ‘The good Professor's lament for the old days reminds me of the habit many senior citizens have of viewing the past through rose tinted glasses.’
    • ‘The coincidence needs to be viewed in the light of the fact that the world's temperature has always gone up and down like a yo-yo on all sorts of time scales.’
    consider, regard, look on, see, perceive, judge, adjudge, estimate, deem, reckon, think of, treat
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  • in full view

    • Clearly visible.

      • ‘It wasn't the capital punishment the judge favoured, but the idea of justice being conducted in full view of the public.’
      • ‘The ‘improvements’ will then be made in full view of the television cameras over a nine-month period.’
      • ‘Even more regrettable was the fact that this happened in full view of people standing at a bus stop, who didn't lift a finger to help.’
      • ‘Police are urging people not to leave shopping bags full of gifts on view in their cars and once those gifts are wrapped, not to leave them in full view in their house.’
      • ‘Faber's first novel tears away protective layers of propriety, leaving the flesh and bone of society quivering and in full view.’
  • in view

    • 1Visible to someone.

      ‘the youth was keeping him in view’
      • ‘The new Woolworths just off Glengariff road in Sea Point was in view as we noticed a Brazilian goddess walking over the road.’
      • ‘The see-through tent with the bridge in view, the Andes range always visible and the great river surging ahead completed our tableau.’
      • ‘The way ahead needs to be clearly signposted, the destination obvious and in view.’
      • ‘When fish were not in view for the entire observation period, sampling was abandoned and restarted when the fish reappeared.’
      • ‘The driver, a man in late forties, early fifties, slowly rose in view, obviously knocked to the side as the truck was hit from behind.’
      perceptible, perceivable, seeable, observable, noticeable, easily seen, detectable, discernible, recognizable, in view, in sight, on view, on display
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      1. 1.1As one's aim or objective.
        ‘his arrest is the principal object I have in view’
        • ‘Those words direct the reader to construe what comes afterwards with that object in view.’
        • ‘Mol has a second object in view: she also observes her own multiple practices of scholarly research and writing, which are explicitly implicated in this account of a disease.’
        • ‘Our Lord had this great objective firmly in view all along.’
        • ‘The fact is that, carried out strategically, and with clear objectives in view, exporting products or services can provide an important route to business growth.’
        • ‘The croquet player has one single object to keep in view - namely, to win the game; and in the following ‘Hints’ we shall endeavour to give him the means.’
        • ‘With this object in view, all but the very latest arrivals from England contrive to make their houses as little oriental and as much like an English home as possible.’
        • ‘A pool player is always to be single-minded with one object in view, to play!’
        • ‘Think, speak and act with clearly defined objectives in view.’
        • ‘I can find nothing to suggest that they had a different objective in view which their words failed properly to express.’
        • ‘The Western strategist always keeps the objective firmly in view, sees the path to the top, and focuses all efforts on reaching the summit.’
        • ‘With this object in view, it is my pleasure to provide a reference for my children's further education and sincerely wish them good luck in the future.’
      2. 1.2In one's mind when forming a judgment.
        ‘it is important to have in view the position reached at the beginning of the 1970s’
        • ‘Today what people have in view is eliminating suffering from the world.’
        • ‘The titles of some of Mr Walsh's papers will serve to throw light on the particular objects which he had in view.’
        • ‘There is a third possibility: that he courted a struggle to see what came of it, determined to manipulate that struggle to gain certain ends which he had in view.’
        • ‘They ought to stand aside for someone without sentiment and with a fair and open mind with the club's honour in view.’
        • ‘This giving of the law had in view the ultimate purpose of God, that we might be righteoused by faith.’
  • in view of

    • Because or as a result of.

      • ‘Perhaps that is a good thing in view of what awaits them in the next fortnight.’
      • ‘Strange as it may seem in view of all the damage that was done, Ireland did not get the full force of the storm.’
      • ‘This will involve some considerable expense in view of the building work already completed.’
      • ‘The regime of freebies has to be considered in view of the fiscal health of society.’
      • ‘An agreement is also necessary in view of the upcoming considerable foreign debt payments.’
      considering, taking into consideration, bearing in mind, keeping in mind, mindful of, taking into account, on account of, taking note of, in the light of, owing to, because of, as a result of
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  • on view

    • (especially of a work of art) being shown or exhibited to the public.

      • ‘The latest model from that range was put on view to the public.’
      • ‘Two exhibitions currently on view in London are devoted to Madame de Pompadour.’
      • ‘The exhibits went on view yesterday afternoon in advance of the auction at 7.30 pm.’
      • ‘A very impressive photographic exhibition is currently on view at Tubbercurry Community Library.’
      • ‘This long-overlooked painter is the subject of an exhibition currently on view in New York.’
      on display, on exhibition, on show
      displayed, showing
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  • with a view to

    • With the hope, aim, or intention of.

      • ‘The respondents purchased a cinema with a view to demolishing it and replacing it with a supermarket.’
      • ‘She is here on an extended stay with a view to maybe moving in with him.’
      • ‘And talks are again taking place with a view to extending the contract further.’
      • ‘It is hoped to meet the County Manager with a view to furthering the project in the near future.’
      • ‘It is hoped to hold an open meeting for parishioners in the near future with a view to setting up a branch in the town.’
      • ‘In the workshop the children will be creating a piece of art work, with a view to making a piece of music from it.’
      • ‘I have written this article with a view to hopefully helping other people cope with Mud Fever when it strikes.’
      • ‘The more progressive way would be to continue discussions with a view to finding a solution.’


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French vieue, feminine past participle of veoir see from Latin videre. The verb dates from the early 16th century.