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look past

1. Literally, to try to see a point past someone or something. If you look past the monument, you can see the country's legislative building in the distance. The teacher looked past the student asking the question to the empty desk at the back of the classroom.
2. To anticipate, plan for, or look forward to a time in the future after some event or situation. We're already looking past this loss to the election in 2075. You need to look past this one decision and see the bigger picture of our company's future.
3. To ignore, disregard, or forgive something; to overlook something. We're willing to look past the incident this time, seeing as it was your first offense, but any future transgressions will result in an immediate termination from the company. What she said was insulting, but she apologized, so I'm going to look past it.
4. To accept, feel better about, move on from, or come to terms with something. Try to look past the short-term problems and realize the potential this project has for long-term benefits. If you can look past its goofy-looking exterior, this car is actually very well made and exceptionally fast.
See also: look, past
References in classic literature ?
"Are you ready?" he asked his wife, looking past her.
And it serves me right!" Kitty cried quickly, snatching the parasol out of Varenka's hand, and looking past her friend's face.
Looking past that mad helms- man, who was shaking the empty rifle and yelling at the shore, I saw vague forms of men running bent double, leaping, gliding, distinct, incomplete, evanescent.
"The old woman with the knife," she replied, not speaking to Terence in particular, and looking past him.
He said: "I'm not looking past Isufi, but I am looking for the big names.
"I don't know if we were looking past Limerick," remarked the 25-year-old.
The BoC has been looking past swings in the airfare component, and that should again be the case for January if another such swing manifests.
While Pacquiao is not looking past Matthysse, the World Boxing Association welterweight titlist, his adviser, Michael Koncz, is optimistic the eight-division world champion will emerge victorious in the bout dubbed Champion vs Champion and merit another megabuck fight in the United States.
Looking past the Expo 2020 McKenna wants companies to size opportunities in the future.
Looking past the blinding bleached-blonde tips and the rooted obsession with surf culture, Orange County has a tendency to crank out some total psychopaths on the skateboard.
But Fernandez said he's not looking past the Pirates, who still have an outside chance of barging into the top four.
"He is looking past me already but I am not looking past Miranda," said Bellew.
"In fairness to them, I doubt they'll be looking past ourselves either."
Looking past the Republican primary to the general election, Rick Perry's campaign today released an ad contrasting its characterization of Barack Obama's first years in office - "zero" accomplishments on jobs, change, etc.
Not looking past overturning Thunder's six-point deficit thanks to the RFL administration penalty, Hood continued: "All we are focusing on is getting from minus six to zero - once we do we can kick on from there.