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Webster 1913 Edition


Lookout

Look′outˊ

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Noun.
1.
A careful looking or watching for any object or event.
2.
The place from which such observation is made.
3.
A person engaged in watching; a sentinel; a sentry.
4.
Object or duty of forethought and care; responsibility.
[Colloq.]

Definition 2021


lookout

lookout

See also: look-out and look out

English

Noun

lookout (plural lookouts)

  1. A vantage point with a view of the surrounding area.
  2. A person on watch for approaching enemy, police, etc.
    The raid failed when the lookout noticed the enemy group.
  3. A subject for observation; a prospect or view.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 6
      [...] And, you know, she OUGHT to keep enough to pay for her season-ticket; but no, she comes to me about that, and I have to find the money."
      "It's a poor lookout," said Mrs. Morel bitterly.
  4. One's perspective, outlook; hence, one's responsibility. (used with a possessive pronoun or a noun in a possessive form).
    Every man's interest is his own lookout.

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  • lookout in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • lookout in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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