feedback

noun
feed·​back | \ˈfēd-ˌbak \

Definition of feedback 

1a : the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the original or controlling source also : the information so transmitted

b : the partial reversion (see reversion sense 3a) of the effects of a process to its source or to a preceding stage

2 : the return to the input of a part of the output of a machine, system, or process (as for producing changes in an electronic circuit that improve performance or in an automatic control device that provide self-corrective action)

3 : a rumbling, whining, or whistling sound resulting from an amplified or broadcast signal (such as music or speech) that has been returned as input and retransmitted

Examples of feedback in a Sentence

The company uses customer feedback to improve its products. He asked for some feedback from his boss. The computer makes adjustments based on feedback from the sensors. We were getting some feedback from the microphone.
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Recent Examples on the Web

My first column about the transformation going on at The Seattle Times asked readers for feedback. Don Shelton, The Seattle Times, "Why readers’ feedback is so important to The Seattle Times’ mission," 28 Sep. 2018 Target’s senior vice president of product design and development Julie Guggemos told InStyle that the company looked to its customers for feedback when developing Prologue. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Target Launches Prologue Clothing Line," 15 Sep. 2018 For months, organizers passed out comment cards to the neighbors asking for feedback on the plans. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Buffalo elementary school gets second life as solar-powered community hub," 19 July 2018 Hogsett says the city will begin hosting public sessions next month to gather feedback about where new bike stations should be located. Post-Tribune, "State briefs," 16 May 2018 The store will continue to collect feedback from customers and employees, and Starbucks may eye another city for the next signing store. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks opens first U.S. sign language store — with murals, tech pads and fingerspelling," 23 Oct. 2018 She was rated as one of the lowest performers on her team, based on feedback from her peers and managers. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "A new lawsuit claims the company spent more on parties than on sexual harassment training.," 12 Oct. 2018 Every aspect of it was based entirely on feedback from her channels. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "Makeup for Melanin Girls Isn't Just Making Products for Women of Color. It's Listening to Them.," 24 Aug. 2018 The possible plans to address overcrowding were formulated, in part, using feedback from a series of nine focus groups held in June around the county. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Possible fixes for Baltimore County high school overcrowding include new construction, 'aggressively' using space," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of feedback

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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feedback

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feedback

: helpful information or criticism that is given to someone to say what can be done to improve a performance, product, etc.

: something (such as information or electricity) that is returned to a machine, system, or process

: an annoying and unwanted sound caused by signals being returned to an electronic sound system

feedback

noun
feed·​back | \ˈfēd-ˌbak \

Kids Definition of feedback

: helpful information or criticism given to someone to indicate what can be done to improve something

feedback

noun
feed·​back | \ˈfēd-ˌbak \

Medical Definition of feedback 

1 : the return to the input of part of the output of a machine, system, or process (as for producing changes in an electronic circuit that improve performance or in an automatic control device that provide self-corrective action)

2a : the partial reversion of the effects of a process to its source or to a preceding stage

b : the return to a point of origin of evaluative or corrective information about an action or process patient feedback was solicited also : the information so transmitted

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