in·​ter·​view | \ ˈin-tər-ˌvyü How to pronounce interview (audio) \

Definition of interview

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a formal consultation usually to evaluate qualifications (as of a prospective student or employee)
2a : a meeting at which information is obtained (as by a reporter, television commentator, or pollster) from a person
b : a report or reproduction of information so obtained


interviewed; interviewing; interviews

Definition of interview (Entry 2 of 2)

1 transitive : to question or talk with (someone) to get information : to conduct an interview with (someone) The police are interviewing several witnesses. was interviewed on television Several strong candidates have been interviewed for the position. More than 60 staff members were interviewed for the project …Nature Conservancy Gone are the days when a language researcher had to interview subjects in a lab …— Katy Steinmetz
2 intransitive : to participate in an interview for a position (such as a job) One warm morning I arrived to interview for a job as an editorial assistant on a trade journal …— Joseph Epstein

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Synonyms for interview

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of interview in a Sentence

Noun The company is holding interviews for several new jobs. a journalist conducting interviews with political leaders The interview will be shown on tonight's news. This library has a large collection of his interviews. He is a very entertaining interview. She's always been known as one of Hollywood's best interviews.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline said during an interview on oregonlive, "Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic questioned by NFL teams: Report," 15 Apr. 2020 In an interview with IndyStar, Mears elaborated on why his office did not file any gun charges and discussed whether prosecutors may seek life without parole or the death penalty in the case. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Suspect charged in IMPD officer's murder 'didn't look to see who it was,' affidavit says," 14 Apr. 2020 Rhyne in an interview with said much of the project, formally known as the Enterprise Resource Planning system, will be done by July, but other portions won’t be finished until sometime in 2021. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County’s computer system overhaul is now $10M-plus over budget," 14 Apr. 2020 Marcella Panucci, director general of employers lobby Confindustria, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV that the full lockdown was justified. John Follain,, "Italy Goes Into Nationwide Lockdown as Virus Numbers Spiral," 13 Apr. 2020 In an interview with , Woodley discussed a number of topics, including the fact that she's been in an open relationship before. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Shailene Woodley Reveals She Used to Be in an Open Relationship," 12 Apr. 2020 Listen to the complete interview with Veronica Roth in Episode 409 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Sometimes Saving the World Really Sucks," 11 Apr. 2020 In an interview with, a Northrop Grumman vice president said the company is making steady progress toward the debut of its large Omega rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Electron’s crazy midair test, SLS work delayed for “weeks”," 10 Apr. 2020 The source of that story on April 10th 1970—an interview that had been printed the previous day to promote the release of Paul McCartney’s first solo album—did not say anything quite so bald. The Economist, "We can’t work it out Fifty years ago The Beatles changed how bands broke up," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of interview


1514, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interview


Anglo-French entreveue meeting, from (s')entreveer to see one another, meet, from entre- inter- + veer to see — more at view

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18 Apr 2020

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“Interview.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of interview

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a formal meeting with someone who is being considered for a job or other position
: a meeting between a reporter and another person in order to get information for a news story also : a written or taped record of such a meeting
US, informal : a person who is interviewed



English Language Learners Definition of interview (Entry 2 of 2)

: to question or talk with (someone) in order to get information or learn about that person
US : to participate in an interview for a position (such as a job)


in·​ter·​view | \ ˈin-tər-ˌvyü How to pronounce interview (audio) \

Kids Definition of interview

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a meeting at which people talk to each other in order to ask questions and get information a job interview
2 : an account of an interview We saw the interview on TV.


interviewed; interviewing

Kids Definition of interview (Entry 2 of 2)

: to question and talk with to get information

Other Words from interview

interviewer noun

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