from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of observing or keeping watch.
  • n. A high place or structure commanding a wide view, used for observation.
  • n. One who keeps watch.
  • n. South Atlantic U.S. Outlook; view.
  • n. An object of concern or worry. See Synonyms at affair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vantage point with a view of the surrounding area.
  • n. A person on watch for approaching enemy, police, etc.
  • n. A subject for observation; a prospect or view.
  • n. One's perspective, outlook; hence, one's responsibility. (used with a possessive pronoun or a noun in a possessive form).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A careful looking or watching for any object or event.
  • n. The place from which such observation is made.
  • n. A person engaged in watching; a sentinel; a sentry.
  • n. Object or duty of forethought and care; responsibility.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A watching for the appearance or occurrence of anything, especially from without; vigilant observation or scrutiny; watch: as, to keep a good lookout at sea; to be on the lookout for an opportunity.
  • n. A place where a watch is kept; a post of external observation: as, the lookout on a ship's mast.
  • n. A person or party engaged in keeping watch, especially for things outside.
  • n. The subject of observation or vigilance; something to be watched for or guarded against: as, every man's interest is his own lookout.
  • n. A prospect or view; an outlook.
  • n. In car-building, a glazed clearstory on the roof of a caboose, designed to enable the train-hands to obtain a clear view over the tops of the cars in a train.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of looking out
  • n. a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
  • n. an elevated post affording a wide view
  • n. a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
  • v. be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful
  • v. to protect someone's interests


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  • Here were the first boats we began work on; but, first of all, I called in the lookout from the forecastle-head.

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  • So between the tides Charley and I made it a point for one or the other of us to keep a lookout from the Solano Wharf.

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  • To sum up the position, the above-mentioned strong points must be held well, and a good lookout is to be kept up, but the whole line cannot and must not be lined in case of attack.

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  • Watchman -- the prophet (Isa 62: 6; Jer 6: 17), so called, because, like a watchman on the lookout from a tower, he announces future events which he sees in prophetic vision (Hab 2: 1, 2). what of the night -- What tidings have you to give as to the state of the night?

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  • Mrs. Eddy took the writer straight to her beloved "lookout" -- a broad piazza on the south side of the second story of the house, where she can sit in her swinging chair, revelling in the lights and shades of spring and summer greenness.

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  • So, I think that we were always on the lookout, which is why I said I wasn't surprised, because we knew that there were a variety of attacks possible and we foiled some.

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