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Etymology 1Edit

From on- +‎ look. Compare Old English onlēċ (onlook, consideration, regard).


onlook (plural onlooks)

  1. The act of looking on (something); observation.
    • 1966, Baptist Historical Society, The Baptist quarterly, volume 21, page 103:
      The object of the onlook is taken to be more than physical, more than just sense-experience, therefore it is meta-physical.
  2. That which is looked at, regarded, or considered. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (rare) One's perspective or outlook.
    • 2004, Richard Briggs, Words in Action:
      This onlook is certainly foundational to Christianity. [] Religious belief is the conviction (or hope) that one's onlook conforms to an authoritative onlook, a divine onlook.

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Etymology 2Edit

From on- +‎ look. Compare Old English onlōcian.


onlook (third-person singular simple present onlooks, present participle onlooking, simple past and past participle onlooked)

  1. (intransitive) To look on or look at; watch; observe; view; regard.
    • 2008, Howard Pyle, The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions:
      So they two fought for so long a time that those who onlooked were astonished at the strength and the courage and the endurance of those two champions, []

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