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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Recent Examples on the Web Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry said Friday, officials had received feedback from businesses and the public, with some arguing the measures went too far and others arguing the measures did not go far enough. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Attorney general investigates Pima County's public health rules for restaurants," 15 May 2020 Same goes for riders — either party can cancel a ride without penalty for this reason, and users will now have the option to provide feedback indicating that a rider or driver didn't wear a face mask. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "Uber Will Require Drivers To Take Selfies To Verify They’re Wearing Masks," 13 May 2020 After that, officials plan to conduct a series of community feedback sessions to get a sense of what each school community will prioritize. oregonlive, "Coronavirus clouds forecast for Portland Public Schools $1.4 billion bond campaign," 13 May 2020 The finalists’ one-on-one feedback sessions with theater professionals, another key part of the program, had to move into the virtual realm, too. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Teens prepping for online Joci Awards, the finals of Las Casas’ scholarship contest," 8 May 2020 It was intended for readers to share feedback or send tips—a common practice among journalists and writers. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "The Year the Internet Thought I Was MacKenzie Bezos," 8 May 2020 The feature is also based on an understanding that humans and cats need relative constant feedback when playing. Los Angeles Times, "You can play video games with your cat — yes, your cat! Here’s how," 8 May 2020 The Nicolet Union High School District will host two virtual community conversations to gather input and feedback to help its school facilities planning. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nicolet to host two virtual community conversations on school facilities planning," 6 May 2020 Most importantly, once the employee’s feedback is gathered, do something with it. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "BusinessWise: Developing a strong company culture," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of feedback

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of feedback was in 1919

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19 May 2020

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“Feedback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feedback. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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feedback

noun
How to pronounce feedback (audio)

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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