feedback

noun
feed·​back | \ ˈfēd-ˌbak How to pronounce feedback (audio) \

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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The Elvie’s cohorts include smart pumps, like the Willow, which offers coaching feedback — for a cool $499.99. Ciara Phelan, Allure, "What Is Femtech, and Is It the New Pink Tax?," 22 Apr. 2019 Fans watching American Idol were super upset with the judges' feedback, and hopped on Twitter to vent. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Fans Did NOT Like What the Judges Told Evelyn Cormier Last Night," 15 Apr. 2019 Epic tends to listen to player feedback intently and make changes to the game faster than pretty much any developer out there. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic says it ‘messed up’ and removes overpowered Infinity Blade from Fortnite," 14 Dec. 2018 After Justice Crew performed on the show in hopes of snagging one of the two finals spots, the judge gave them amazing feedback. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Simon Cowell Throw Major Shade at Past Winners on 'AGT: The Champions'," 8 Jan. 2019 Quake gave feedback, but did not oversee the study. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Gene-editing Chinese scientist kept much of his work secret," 28 Nov. 2018 After that, the coaches gave the two singers feedback. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Cannot Believe Jennifer Hudson Eliminated Matt Johnson Last Night," 23 Oct. 2018 Residents have until August 10 to give feedback on the recommendations, which will later be submitted to the federal judge overseeing the consent decree. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Panel reviewing police civilian oversight calls for more powerful 'independent police accountability agency'," 13 July 2018 Caroline, Bekah, Kendall, and Seinne—to check out the guys and give Becca feedback. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 3 Recap: Why Is Everyone Getting Injured?," 11 June 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 How to pronounce feedback (audio) \

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 How to pronounce feedback (audio) \

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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