Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
  2. (noun, cognition) the visual percept of a region
  3. (noun, act) the act of looking or seeing or observing
    his survey of the battlefield was limited
  4. (noun, location) the range of the eye
  5. (noun, cognition) a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
    I am not of your persuasion
    what are your thoughts on Haiti?
  6. (noun, communication) 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
  7. (noun, cognition) purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'
  8. (noun, artifact) graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept
    figure 2 shows photographic and schematic views of the equipment
  9. (noun, attribute) the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated
  10. (noun, attribute) outward appearance
  11. (verb, cognition) deem to be
    I consider her to be shallow
    I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do
  12. (verb, perception) look at carefully; study mentally
  13. (verb, perception) see or watch
    This program will be seen all over the world
    view an exhibition
    Catch a show on Broadway
    see a movie

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word View

  1. 1415, "formal inspection or survey" (of land), from Anglo-Fr. vewe "view," from O.Fr. veue, noun use of fem. pp. of veoir "to see," from L. videre "to see" (see vision). Sense of "act of seeing, manner of regarding something" first recorded 1573. Meaning "sight or prospect of a landscape, etc." is recorded from 1606. The verb is 1523, from the noun. … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like View

8vo, v, v-1, v.p., va, vayu, veau, vfw, vhf, vi, vibe, vie, vii, viii, vip, viva, vivify, vow

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