over·​view ˈō-vər-ˌvyü How to pronounce overview (audio)
: a general survey : summary

Example Sentences

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 The trailer begins with an overview of who's sweet on who in the DC universe. Christian Holub, EW.com, 23 Jan. 2023 There are yearly planners too, with an overview for each month with goals and to-do lists. Brenda Stolyar, WIRED, 11 Jan. 2023 Instead, companies can build easy-to-read, visual dashboards that provide managers with a high-level overview of the key metrics that are critical to driving performance within the organization. Nick Leighton, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 Be sure to check out our guide to selling your old phone, which has a good overview of different auction sites that specialize in phones. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 13 Jan. 2023 By looking at this information, the researchers were able to determine which stars are more tightly bound together, giving them a good overview of the ancient Milky Way’s core. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 28 Dec. 2022 The author traces a cultural and culinary trail and offers a good overview on types of spices. Marc Bona, cleveland, 6 Dec. 2022 Home Depot has a good overview of the types of stoppers and how to remove them. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 For more streaming suggestions, see what’s new on Netflix and get an overview of what to watch on all streaming services here. Katie Reul, Chicago Tribune, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overview was in 1588

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“Overview.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overview. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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over·​view ˈō-vər-ˌvyü How to pronounce overview (audio)
: a general survey : summary
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