over·​view | \ ˈō-vər-ˌvyü How to pronounce overview (audio) \

Definition of overview

: a general survey : summary

Examples of overview in a Sentence

I was asked to give an overview of the company's sales figures. This book provides a broad overview of American history.

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Youtuber cutlerylover got their hands on one and was kind enough to demonstrate the beauty in all its glory: And here, for your pleasure, is a brief overview of the beautiful blade in all its various transformations: Cool, right? Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Transforming Russian Knife Is Bizarre and Brilliant," 22 Mar. 2019 Their work is an accessible overview of American business history, but also presents a case for capitalism. Edward Glaeser, WSJ, "‘Capitalism in America’ Review: The Commercial Republic," 18 Oct. 2018 For the uninitiated, a quick overview: Captain Marvel is the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Kendra James, Harper's BAZAAR, "Captain Marvel Can't Get By on Girl Power Alone," 9 Mar. 2019 Little attempt is made to connect the various incidents into a substantial overview, in the manner of the greats of the genre such as the British medical historian Roy Porter. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth’ Review: Desperate Remedies," 12 Dec. 2018 Not quite walking, not quite driving, these Segway tours of downtown San Antonio include a 90-minute overview, a 2-hour focus on historical landmarks, and even a late-evening ghost tour. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Take a walk or other vehicular tour of San Antonio," 4 June 2018 But here’s a larger overview, with pluckings from all six of their albums from the ’70s and ’80s (though the first two are the best). Steve Morse, BostonGlobe.com, "The best of the Cars, in 10 songs," 11 Apr. 2018 After a few songs in the show’s first act, the South African youth group filed onto the stage as Angel City Chorale member Winifred Neisser gave an overview of the two choirs’ connection. Makeda Easter, latimes.com, "An American scholar was killed in South Africa nearly 25 years ago. Today her legacy lives on through music," 4 July 2018 Among the principles: providing consumers with an overview of key privacy protections, and education about the risks and benefits of consumer genetic testing. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "What Consumers Should Know About Commercial DNA Testing," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overview

1588, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overview

: a general explanation or description of something


over·​view | \ ˈō-vər-ˌvyü How to pronounce overview (audio) \

Kids Definition of overview

: a short explanation or description : summary an overview of American history

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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