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.
Recent Examples on the Web Our trip was short and visibility often was limited to a few hundred yards because of thick smoke, giving just an overview of the fire’s impact. Andy Nelson, oregonlive, "First views behind the fire lines along McKenzie River ‘shocking and numbing’," 12 Sep. 2020 As ever, the easiest way to get an overview of all the latest findings is to look at the poll averages, which combine them. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "New Polls Suggest the Presidential Race Is Still Joe Biden’s to Lose," 4 Sep. 2020 The podcast's first episode, an overview, went up Monday. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Radio Milwaukee podcast 'By Every Measure' explores systemic racism, and possible solutions, by the numbers," 27 Aug. 2020 Some overview of those confrontations would have gone a long way to beefing up the report’s credibility. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall falls short on her two most critical assignments of 2020," 24 Aug. 2020 At the start of the meeting, Chief Brandon Stein, of St. Tammany Fire Protection District 8, gave an overview of the district’s operations. Bill Mchugh, NOLA.com, "Abita Springs sets demolition security deposit," 22 Aug. 2020 In the video above, Multnomah County senior communicable disease epidemiologist Taylor Pinsent gives an overview of how the contact tracing process works, some common scenarios and how contact tracers weigh coronavirus exposure risk. oregonlive, "What is contact tracing? An Oregon epidemiologist explains (VIDEO)," 3 Aug. 2020 Penelope Ann Shaw, the only nursing home resident on the commission, said the group worked to present a comprehensive overview of the industry’s response to the pandemic. Washington Post, "New federal nursing home commission met privately for weeks before delivering draft recommendations to the government," 21 Aug. 2020 For the report presented Tuesday, Carlsbad officials offered an overview of the way police review commissions and committees work in several other cities including San Diego, Oceanside, National City, Chula Vista, Anaheim, Berkeley and Sacramento. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad considers creating police review committee," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of overview

1588, in the meaning defined above

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17 Sep 2020

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“Overview.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overview. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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) \

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

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