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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Murphy gave an overview of the history of taxes, noting Congress did not pass the 16th Amendment, which gives the federal government the right to levy an income tax, until 1909. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale District 86 students learn financial literacy in consumer ed class," 11 July 2019 Have Nep Sidhu’s creative collaborators, Tlingit/Aleut artist Nicholas Galanin and African American artist Maikoiyo Alley Barnes been given an overview of the political terrain they have been led into? Ali Kazimi, Quartz India, "A Canadian artist is keeping the embers of Sikh separatism alive with false equivalences," 27 June 2019 These full-day workshops are designed to give you an overview of what to consider before starting a business. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, June 6," 6 June 2019 Clocking in at a hefty five minutes, the trailer gives us a general overview of what to expect in December, starting with the basic origin story. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "New extended Aquaman trailer shows off over five minutes of underwater action," 5 Oct. 2018 The report is a comprehensive overview of global patterns and predictions in the world’s population. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "The world's population could stop growing by 2100, UN report finds," 18 June 2019 Whataburger announced Friday that the purchase by Chicago’s Capital Partners should be finalized by the end of the summer and will be subject to regulatory overview. SFChronicle.com, "Chewy stock jumps; Whataburger gets majority owner; more Facebook backlash," 14 June 2019 Major improvements in the project include adding an auxiliary lane in each direction between Seventh Street and Cave Creek Road and modifying freeway ramps and frontage road connections at 11 interchanges, according to the project overview. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "Loop 101 ramps for Scottsdale, Hayden roads to close 2 months for construction," 14 June 2019 The panel Wednesday mostly received an overview about state roles in addressing algal issues, the regulatory structures for water quality and wastewater and agricultural best-management practices involving nutrients such as fertilizers. Jim Turner, sun-sentinel.com, "Big mission awaits Florida’s new Blue Green Algae Task Force. Can the team fix state’s fouled waters?," 13 June 2019

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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 form ideas or theories about something

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