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: 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson cuddle up outside of the Los Angeles Jimmy Kimmel Live studios on Aug. 9 prior to his guest-hosting gig (and her interview!). People Staff, Peoplemag, 12 Aug. 2022 Journalists aren't used to getting questions from their subjects, but Keaton has a lively, infectious personality, turning our interview into more of a back and forth. Yolanda Machado,, 12 Aug. 2022 Watch more of our interview with PinkPantheress above. Delisa Shannon, Rolling Stone, 11 Aug. 2022 Check out our full interview with Abbi Jacobson in the video above. Brande Victorian, Essence, 11 Aug. 2022 For a deeper look at the show, read our interview here with showrunners Cuse and Averill. Andy Meek, BGR, 10 Aug. 2022 She is also understood to be developing a feature film based on her interview with Prince Andrew with Blueprint Pictures. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 Please be honest in your exit interview so that those who stay are aware of the problem. Mari Carmen Pizarro, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Mastriano has not agreed to the terms of his own closed-door interview with investigators. Katherine Faulders, ABC News, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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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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