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 finery on display provided an overview of Carter’s oeuvre. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "IMG and Harlem’s Fashion Row Celebrate Legendary Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter With an Epic Exhibition," 7 Feb. 2019 Daily bus tours run from the docks for a rapid-fire overview of Finnish history and a quick look at the top monuments and churches. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 2018 The Windows Analytics service, which provides an overview of device health, compatibility issues, update compliance, and upgrade readiness, is being expanded to a new Desktop Analytics service. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 support extended again: September releases now get 30 months," 6 Sep. 2018 Of the two, Dr. Brown provides the better overview of the subject, weaving history and contemporary virology and clinical practice together. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019 This might explain why the long-winded overview Morgan presented at Wednesday’s press conference included so many provocative sound bites and so little in the way of relevant case law. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Card Luke Hancock sympathetic, but law seems to be on NCAA's side," 11 July 2018 Here is the overall overview with Tropical Depression #3, off the North Carolina Coast. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Beryl downgraded to a tropical storm; separate storm off Carolina coast also weakens," 7 July 2018 The White House Twitter account also linked to ICE press releases about recent deportations and the program overview for the Border Enforcement Security Task Force. Alix Langone, Time, "The Official White House Twitter Account Attacked Senators Who Have Been Critical of ICE," 4 July 2018 Here’s an overview of what the midterms mean for business, from farms to pharma. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Viral game-show app HQ Trivia faces some existential questions," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of overview

1588, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overview was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of overview

: a general explanation or description of something


over·​view | \ ˈō-vər-ˌvyü \

Kids Definition of overview

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

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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