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 One restaurant in the state is paying potential hires $50 to appear for an interview, Mr. Terry said. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Unemployment Benefits Become Target Amid Hiring Difficulty," 7 May 2021 Thomas was brought to the police department for an interview, the charges said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Man arrested in connection to death of Eagle River woman was recorded on video carrying her body, charges say," 6 May 2021 Chad Shandler, Henry Ford Village’s chief restructuring officer, was not available for an interview Thursday, but issued a statement announcing the auction results. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "New York firm wins auction to buy Henry Ford Village out of bankruptcy," 6 May 2021 So Jenkins filled out paperwork and sat for an interview in a day long process. Roger Valdez, Forbes, "Dystopia: “I Either Live Here As A Squatter, Illegally, Or Wait A Year?”," 5 May 2021 Up to $1,000 to help with the costs of a job search, such as creating a resume or prepping for a job interview. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "Financial relief is here for older and former foster youth, but it's not moving quickly," 4 May 2021 The attorney general’s office said Monday that Rokita wasn’t available for an interview about the dispute. Tom Davies,, "Indiana constitutional fight means tussle among GOP leaders," 3 May 2021 The mayor’s office also did not respond to a request for an interview with Richard Privat, the mayor’s deputy who has been handling day-to-day tasks in Tron’s absence. Washington Post, "A French mayor was convicted of rape. He's running his town from prison.," 1 May 2021 Jaynes did not return several requests for an interview. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities produce suppliers say new private-equity owner left them to rot," 1 May 2021

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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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The first known use of interview was in 1514

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11 May 2021

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“Interview.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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