O`ver*look" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overlooked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Overlooking.]
To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to rise above, so as to command a view of; as, to overlook a valley from a hill.
"The pile o'erlooked
[Titan] with burning eye did hotly overlook them.
Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly; as, to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter.
To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly.
The time and care that are required
To overlook and file and polish well.
To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate.
[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
If you trouble me I will overlook you, and then your pigs will die.
To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking; hence, to refrain from bestowing notice or attention upon; to neglect; to pass over without censure or punishment; to excuse.
The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked.
Acts xvii. 30 (Rev. Ver. )
They overlook truth in the judgments they pass.
The pardoning and overlooking of faults.
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