1. The act of observing or keeping watch.
2. A high place or structure commanding a wide view, used for observation.
3. One who keeps watch.
4. South Atlantic US Outlook; view.
5. An object of concern or worry: "They were out of money. Of course it was her lookout to earn some" (Shirley Abbott).
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