interview

noun
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

interview

verb
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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Other Words from interview

Verb

interviewer \ ˈin-​tər-​ˌvyü-​ər How to pronounce interviewer (audio) \ noun, plural interviewers
a skillful interviewer

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 In a new interview with ET, the group discussed the considerable expansion of K-pop and its increasing popularity among Western audiences, which can sometimes be a double-edged sword. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "NCT 127: “There’s Never Been a Time Like This for K-Pop”," 10 Dec. 2019 Rapinoe said in a video interview with Sports Illustrated. Pardeep Cattry, Pro Soccer USA, "Megan Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year," 10 Dec. 2019 Ellsberg said in a phone interview Monday, hours after the Post's Afghan war investigation was published. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Pentagon Papers leaker: 'Afghanistan is Vietnam'," 10 Dec. 2019 But in a new interview with SiriusXM Hits 1, Smith revealed that the decision has proven to be a continuing struggle. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Sam Smith Gets Real About Coming Out as Non-Binary in a 'Homophobic & Sexist' Industry," 9 Dec. 2019 Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who served as a war czar for Afghanistan under the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, said in a 2015 interview, according to the Post. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "U.S. officials misled public on Afghan war, according to Washington Post," 9 Dec. 2019 Laurer said in a 2010 interview that grocery stores in the 1970s were dealing with out-of-control costs and the labor-intensive requirements of putting price tags on all of their products. baltimoresun.com, "Maryland alumnus George Laurer, inventor of ubiquitous UPC, dies at 94," 9 Dec. 2019 On Friday, Juan Perez, Miami-Dade Police’s director, was directly asked about the spike strips in a TV interview. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Did cops in shootout blow it and put lives at risk? Victim’s family demands answers.," 6 Dec. 2019 Her confession came in a police interview after the children gave detailed histories of the abuse to investigators, documents state. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "5 children disfigured; East Price Hill woman admits hitting them with phone cord," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of interview

Noun

1514, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interview

Noun

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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13 Dec 2019

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“Interview.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interviewer. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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interview

noun
How to pronounce interview (audio)

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

interview

verb

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)

interview

noun
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.

interview

verb
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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