over·view | \ ˈō-vər-ˌvyü \

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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The report released Friday included a three-page overview of its new tools that could serve as a pre-emptive rebuttal against any further concerns lawmakers might raise next week. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Federal Reserve Report Defends Use of New Tools to Set Interest Rates," 13 July 2018 This presentation gives a general overview of certain rules related to Social Security and ideas to help a person maximize their benefits. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 10 July 2018 That problem was underscored by the National Academics of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which released a 500-page overview of the health affects of cannabis and cannabinoids in January 2017. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Consumers are being flooded with dubious claims about the health benefits of marijuana," 9 July 2018 This is history ripe for analysis, and for readers who know it well, Dippel often provides a broader overview. Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘To the Ends of the Earth,’ an ambitious attempt to encompass era of polar exploration," 7 July 2018 One wishes that the Pasadena show had managed a full overview of his entire output, lithographs and paintings alike. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 So here’s a quick overview of what made the past two weeks so engrossing and memorable. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The World Cup of Chaos: Looking Back on a Group Stage for the Ages," 29 June 2018 But fairs are also the epitome of summer fun and excitement — tractor pulls and pig racing and contests galore Here is a quick overview of Northwest Indiana’s summer fair lineup. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Step right up to Northwest Indiana county fairs," 28 June 2018 In later chapters, Saturday Night Fever Pitch goes from an entertaining excavation of soccer’s fashion heroes to a broader cultural overview of excess on and off the field. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Glorious, Bizarre History of Soccer and Fashion," 18 June 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


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Kids Definition of overview

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

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