Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: veue, vue, from veeir, voir 'to see', from Latin videre; VIDEO3


1 noun
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[countable] what you think or believe about something [= opinion]COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
have strong views (about something) have different/conflicting/opposing views share somebody's view/this view etc (=think the same as someone else) express a view take the view that (=think that) hold a view strongly/deeply/widely held views in somebody's view (=used to show whose opinion it is) support a view (=help show that it is right) an exchange of views (=when people say what they think) the general view (=what most people think)
view on/about
What's your view on the subject?
Everyone at the meeting had different views.
He was worried about working with people who did not share his views.
Not all executives share the view that participation in online discussions is good for business.
The views expressed in this book are purely those of the author.
The twins' parents took the view that surgery would be wrong.
Freud's work affected widely held views on sexual matters.
In my view, the country needs a change of government.
Not all the evidence supports this view.
There was a frank exchange of views at the meeting.
The general view was that you can't overfeed a baby.
point of view (2)

way of considering

[countable usually singular] a way of thinking about or understanding something
view of
Mum's view of the situation was different to mine.
optimistic/pessimistic/balanced etc view
a realistic view of human nature
traditional views of religion
You need to have a clear view (=a definite idea) of the kind of book you want to write.
take a dim/poor view of something (=disapprove)
She took a pretty dim view of his behaviour.


[uncountable and countable] what you are able to see or whether you can see it
view of
We'd like a room with a view of the sea.
good/bad/wonderful etc view
The house has wonderful views over the valley.
be in view/come into view
Suddenly the pyramids came into view.
disappear/vanish/hide from view
The gun was hidden from view behind the door.
Fran hit him in full view of all the guests (=where they could see it clearly).
During an eclipse, the moon blocks our view of the sun (=stops us from seeing it).


[countable] the whole area that you can see from somewhere, especially when it is very beautiful or impressive:
From the top you get a panoramic view of the city.
A huge nuclear reactor now spoils the view.


AVPTCP [countable] a photograph or picture showing a beautiful or interesting place
view of
The book contains over fifty scenic views of Cambridge.

chance to see something

[uncountable and countable] an occasion or time when it is possible for people to see something such as an art show
view of
A private view of the Summer Exhibition will be held.
on view (=being shown to the public)
The painting is currently on view at the Tate.

in view of something

formal used to introduce the reason for a decision or action:
In view of his conduct, the club has decided to suspend him.

with a view to (doing) something

because you are planning to do something in the future:
We bought the house with a view to retiring there.

in view

formal having something in your mind as an aim
with this end/object/aim etc in view
Defence was all-important, and castles were designed with this end in view.
What sort of job did you have in view?

take the long view (of something)

British English to think about the effect that something will have in the future rather than what happens now

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