From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishviewview1 /vjuː/ ●●● S1 W1 noun 1 OPINIONopinion [countable] what you think or believe about something SYN opinionview on/about What’s your view on the subject?view that Their view is that competition is good for business. In my view, the country needs a change of government. → point of view(2)RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say I think ... rather than In my view ..., and What do you think? rather than What is your view?:What do you think about her new boyfriend?2 way of consideringTHINK/HAVE THE OPINION THAT [countable usually singular] a way of thinking about or understanding somethingview 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.► see thesaurus at sight3 sightSEE [countable, uncountable] what you are able to see or whether you can see itview 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/be hidden 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).4 scenerySEE [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.5 pictureAVPTCP [countable] a photograph or picture showing a beautiful or interesting placeview of The book contains over fifty scenic views of Cambridge.6 chance to see something [countable, uncountable] an occasion or time when it is possible for people to see something such as an art showview 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. 7 → in view of something8 → with a view to (doing) something9 → in view10 → take the long view (of something)COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: what you think or believe about somethingverbshave/hold a view (=have an opinion)He has very left-wing views.take the view that ... (=have a particular view)The Government took the view that the law did not need to be changed.express a view (=say what you think about something)This is a chance for you to express your views.give your view (=say what you think)He did not hesitate to give his own views on the subject.share a view (=agree with it)This view is not shared by his colleagues.support a view (=believe or help to prove that it is right)There are many people who would support his views.hear a view (also listen to a view)a chance to hear people’s views on a range of different subjects tell somebody your view (also let somebody have your view)We want you to tell us your views. somebody’s view changesYour view about these things changes as you get older.adjectivespolitical viewsHis political views have not changed.somebody’s personal viewMy own personal view is that they’re being optimistic.widely-held viewThere is a widely-held view that young people eat too much junk food.the general view (=what most people think)The general view was that he had done well.strong viewsShe has strong views on education.strongly held/deeply held views (=strong views that someone is unwilling to change)He is known for his strongly held views on modern art.different viewsDifferent people have different views about this subject.conflicting/opposing views (=completely different)There are conflicting views about the best way to teach reading. extremea politician who has extreme views on immigrationmoderateHis views have recently become more moderate.outrageousThe chairman said that Mr McNeil’s views were outrageous.traditionaltraditional views about womenold-fashionedSome of his views now sound very old-fashioned. popular/unpopularThis view has become increasingly popular in society.It’s now a rather unpopular view.right-wing/left-wingthe students’ extreme left-wing viewsphrasesbe of the same view (=agree)They were all of the same view.be of differing/different views (=disagree)They get on well, though they are of differing views on politics.an exchange of views (=when people say what they think, especially when they disagree)There was a frank exchange of views at the meeting. THESAURUSview the area you can see from a window or place, especially when it is beautifulThe hotel has a view of the Colosseum. There are great views of the Himalayas.panorama an impressive view of a very large area that stretches a long way across in front of youa panorama of snow-covered hills and mountainsFrom the top, there is a breathtaking panorama across to the southern slopes of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.vista written a view of a large area of beautiful sceneryThe road around the island offers some spectacular vistas. On a sparkling spring day, the vista is quite superb.In front, a simple porch offered a spectacular vista of coconut-fringed beach, lagoon, and open sea beyond. scene what you see in a place, especially when people are moving around and doing thingsHis paintings are mainly of local scenes.a peaceful village scenesight something that you see, especially something very impressive or surprisingThe mountain is a magnificent sight, soaring up from the carpet of purple heather at its base.It was an amazing sight. I had never seen elephants in the wild before.They were met with the sight of riot police shaking hands with the demonstrators. COLLOCATIONS – Meanings 3 & 4verbshave/get a view of somethingShe had a clear view of the street from her window.enjoy/admire the viewThey sat enjoying the view down the valley.take in the view (=look at and enjoy it)Why don’t you walk along the coastline, taking in the breathtaking views?block somebody’s viewA pillar blocked my view of the stage.obscure the view (=make it difficult to see)A wall of mist obscured the view.spoil the view (=make it look bad)Some local residents think the wind turbines spoil the view.command a view (also afford a view formal) (=if a place commands or affords a view, you can see that view from there)The room commanded an excellent view of the river.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + view wonderful/magnificent/spectacular/breathtaking There are breathtaking views from the top of the hill.a good viewFrom here we get a good view of the fortress.a sea/ocean view (=a view of the sea)I’d like a room with a sea view.a panoramic view (=when you can see in many directions)Everyone who made it to the summit was rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view.a bird’s-eye view (=a view from high above something)The top of the bell tower in the square gives a bird’s-eye view of Venice.phrasesbe in viewFrom the window the car was clearly in view.in full view of somebodyHe took the money in full view of everyone.come into viewSuddenly the pyramids came into view.disappear from viewShe disappeared from view around the corner.be hidden from viewThe inside of the house was hidden from view by curtains.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘watch the view’. Say enjoy the view, take in the view, or admire the view.
Examples from the Corpusview• We were very, very lucky to get an apartment with a view.• Edwina's office was south-facing, with a view of the lake.• Robyn had a comfortable childhood, growing up in a pleasant, unostentatious house with a view of the sea.• Dan was delighted to get a room with breathtaking views of the Los Angeles basin.• The survey reflected a very conservative view about what the ideal family structure should be.• It is natural for children to have different views from their parents.• In reality, of course, the relationship between education and society is much more complex than either view would suggest.• We had a good view of the firework display from Ron's balcony.• Malthus will always be known mainly for his views on population.• Unfortunately a fourth hangs a tea-towel over the window at this point, obscuring my view.• He or she will bring an objective view to team meetings.• So far as the avoidance of an election commitment was concerned, this would have been sensible from any point of view.• The hotel is situated on a hill, providing panoramic views of the city.• There is a roof-top sun terrace with panoramic views of the town and the sea, a lounge, bar and restaurant.• In Freud's view, people's dreams often reveal their unconscious fears.• We lived in a town house, with a spectacular view of the East China Sea.• a spectacular view across the valley• Is it the superb views that bring you back here each year?• Stein was expressing the view of many fellow war veterans.• How is the view from the balcony?• We lingered, not just because of the food but also because of the view out the picture window.• Most nineteenth century scientists took the view that the Universe had no purpose or meaning.• I don't agree with the view that longer prison sentences stop people from committing crime.• The open-air terrace affords unparalleled views of the Big Apple.In my view• Some people like to burn incense and kowtow to the book. In my view that isn't necessary.• I find that submission unacceptable. In my view this was the plainest example of an unlawful removal.take a dim/poor view of something• Most workers instinctively know this and, in most circumstances, take a dim view of union organizing efforts.• Magistrate Rosemary Watters told Hannon this type of behaviour was unacceptable and the court took a dim view of it.• The electorate took a dim view of this practice when the government used it to get the consumption tax through in December.• As a keen amateur astronomer I take a dim view of being mistaken for a fortune teller!• The tendency of bureaucrats to take a dim view of whistle-blowers is particularly marked in the military.• They were summoned to see Miss Rudge who took a dim view of the episode.• I hope that the Minister is not back-tracking on them because we would take a dim view of that.• But let's assume that as a reader of this paper you take a dim view of these matters.on view• The Russian jewels are currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.viewview2 ●●○ verb [transitive] 1 THINK/HAVE THE OPINION THATto think about something or someone in a particular way SYN seeview something as something The law should be viewed as a way of meeting certain social goals.view something from a ... perspective/standpoint It’s an issue that can be viewed from several perspectives.view something with caution/suspicion/scepticism etc The local people viewed newcomers with suspicion.2 formalLOOK AT to look at something, especially because it is beautiful or you are interested in itview something from something The mountain is best viewed from the north side. Thousands of tourists come to view the gardens every year.view a house/an apartment/a property (=go to see a house etc that you are interested in buying)3 formalWATCH to watch a television programme, film etc an opportunity to view the film before it goes on general release→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusview• I've already phoned a couple of agents to arrange appointments to view.• The two parties' activists view each other with hostility.• If it is viewed from an environmental perspective, the factory's closing is a good thing.• A few journalists were allowed to view the art exhibition the day before it opened.• After viewing the film, we felt we had a better understanding of the conflict.• I'd like to make an appointment to view the house on Clement Street that's for sale.• She had dared to step inside Mr Brady's photographic establishment to view the wonderful daguerreotypes and portraits he had taken.• The old organizational paradigm encouraged employees to view themselves as the occupants of a box called a job.• There are several ways to view this publication that you read and rely upon.• This woman is a woman she views with suspicion, and for what reason?view something with caution/suspicion/scepticism etc• As Lutherans, we viewed pleasure with suspicion.• The refugees view the supplies with caution.• The Prime Minister designate obviously viewed me with suspicion, as being closely associated with his predecessor.• If they viewed me with suspicion then I was much puzzled about them.view something from something• The figures carved in the mountain can only be viewed from a helicopter.Origin view1 (1400-1500) Old French veue, vue, from veeir, voir “to see”, from Latin videre; → VIDEO3