What is an appropriate antonym for overlooks in following context:

This formula, in some cases, overlooks some significant factors and, in some other cases, ____ some other insignificant factors.

I’m looking for something in the sense of taking into account unnecessarily much. Maybe scrutinizes?

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    Surely 'takes into account'? – Edwin Ashworth Sep 1 '17 at 10:17
  • @EdwinAshworth Thanks. Not really. Here, "overlook" has a subtle meaning of "not taking into account enough". I'm looking for something like "taking into account unnecessarily too much". Does that make sense at all? – Ali Abbasinasab Sep 1 '17 at 10:21
  • The definition that you would like 'overlook' to have does not appear in any of the six dictionaries I've just looked in. Close-voting on 'lack of clarity' grounds. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 1 '17 at 10:30
  • @EdwinAshworth It is not clear then? I tried to use the simplest structure and vocabs to convey my intent. – Ali Abbasinasab Sep 1 '17 at 10:34
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    In that context, "over-emphasizes". But it's highly context-dependent. – Hot Licks Sep 1 '17 at 11:51

Overlook means to fail to notice something or to not pay attention to something.

So possible words which could mean the opposite are

Observe: notice or perceive (something) and register it as being significant.

Notice: become aware of; the fact of observing or paying attention to something.

Consider: to look attentively, or to take into account.

You can frame this sentence as:

The formula couldn’t really be relied upon as it considered many insignificant aspects/factors while overlooking the important ones.

  • Haha, yeah you cannot upvote the answers yet, but I guess you should be able to mark this response as the correct answer. And happy to help ! :) – Swasti Gupta Sep 1 '17 at 11:02

This formula, in some cases, overlooks some significant factors and in some other cases seems obsessed with insignificant factors.

obsess, from Dictionary.com:

verb (used with object)

  1. to dominate or preoccupy the thoughts, feelings, or desires of (a person); beset, trouble, or haunt persistently or abnormally:
    Suspicion obsessed him. verb (used without object)

  2. to think about something unceasingly or persistently; dwell obsessively upon something

And then the same reference gives a perfect example for the OP:

The professor known as Wittgenstein (and Iyer) obsess about the notion of thought itself on almost every page.


Consider overemphasize, consisting of:

  • over-

  • emphasize […]
    (transitive) To stress, give emphasis or extra weight to (something).

So, you could say:

This formula, overlooks some significant factors while overemphasizing insignificant factors, depending on the case.

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