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in·​ter·​view ˈin-tər-ˌvyü How to pronounce interview (audio)
: a formal consultation usually to evaluate qualifications (as of a prospective student or employee)
: a meeting at which information is obtained (as by a reporter, television commentator, or pollster) from a person
: a report or reproduction of information so obtained


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interviewed; interviewing; interviews
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
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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Most of the hostages released in the deal will be foreign nationals, Mousa Abu Marzouk said in an interview on Al Jazeera Arabic. NBC News, 23 Nov. 2023 In previous interviews, Wiseman has expressed an agnostic attitude regarding who the audience for his documentaries is. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 The Beatles drummer addressed the issue in a new interview with AARP magazine about his life during and after his time in the iconic band and his reunion with McCartney to produce an unfinished track. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Nov. 2023 Limited to 3,000 copies, this 3-LP set also contains a booklet with rare photos from the gigs and new interviews with Carter, Herbie Hancock, Mike Stern, Bill Frisell and Marcus Miller, who is also Kelly’s cousin. Ron Hart, SPIN, 22 Nov. 2023 Weiss himself appeared for a closed-door interview this month and denied accusations of political interference. CBS News, 22 Nov. 2023 But in the interview, Fain accused CEO Jim Farley of agreeing to work with the union on the joint-venture plants — only to renege later. Tom Krisher, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 Univision news anchor León Krauze departs after network’s controversial Trump interview. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 In his entertaining new autobiography, My Effin’ Life, Lee reveals more about his life in and out of Rush — and goes even further in his new interview with our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023
Latino Americans also have lower levels of Islamophobia compared to other ethnic groups, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding found by interviewing more than 2,000 people of different racial backgrounds and religions. Alejandra Molina, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 In addition to her own experience, Laura interviewed Jeff Sweet, corporate manager of product marketing at Sub-Zero Group Inc. and Dustin Valette, chef-owner of The Matheson and Valette in Healdsburg, California for advice on finding the best induction ranges. Laura Denby, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023 On Monday, London's Metropolitan Police department confirmed to PEOPLE that a man, understood to be Brand, 48, was interviewed at a South London police station last Thursday in relation to the investigation. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 He was interviewed on national television about his stand for Christian religious liberty. Mark Olalde, ProPublica, 20 Nov. 2023 Until recently, Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences required every search committee to create such a report, which had to be approved by various deans before finalists for a job were interviewed. John Sailer, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2023 Lieutenant Belenko received asylum, then flew to the United States to be interviewed. Clay Risen, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Classified documents: The special counsel appointed to investigate Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents has interviewed the president’s son Hunter Biden. Elizabeth Both, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2023 Gleckman spent 16 hours interviewing the now 91-year-old subject. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1514, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of interview was in 1514

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Cite this Entry

“Interview.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​ter·​view ˈint-ər-ˌvyü How to pronounce interview (audio)
: a meeting usually face to face especially for the purpose of talking or consulting
an interview to evaluate a prospective student's qualifications
: a meeting at which information is obtained (as by a reporter) from a person
also : the account of such a meeting
interview verb
interviewer noun

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