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 Directed by Paul Rachman and written by Steven Blush (adapting his own book), this is a good overview of a raging underground movement — if anything the film is perhaps too ambitious — and how ideas and sounds spread in the pre-social media age. New York Times, "Stream and Shout: 10 Underseen Rock Documentaries," 13 Apr. 2020 Upcoming political events in the Bay Area: THURSDAY Primary ballot explainer: An overview and conversation of key housing and workforce and labor ballot measures on the March 3 primary ballot, hosted by TechEquity Collaborative. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Disinformation and democracy, Rep. Barbara Lee," 20 Feb. 2020 Here’s an overview of some of the more substantial fairs. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Which Art Fair Is for You? Let Our Critic Be Your Guide," 4 Mar. 2020 Here’s an overview of their bi-district (first round) playoff matchups. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Boys basketball: Preview of opening round playoff games for the Crosby Cougars and Hargrave Falcons," 24 Feb. 2020 Here’s an overview: What: State of the Union 2020 address, followed by the Democratic response from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. oregonlive, "Trump’s State of the Union 2020: Time, TV channels, how to watch online," 4 Feb. 2020 Here’s an overview of the six shows in the order recently seen. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "SeaWorld Orlando: Christmas shows feature animals, skaters, songs," 26 Nov. 2019 Here’s a brief overview of the real events behind The Report. Time, "The True Story Behind The Movie The Report," 15 Nov. 2019 And since apps can spawn multiple windows, Apple added the ability to get an overview of each app’s open windows quickly, which creates a new kind of multitasking workflow. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "iPadOS impressions: flexible and powerful, but is it intuitive?," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of overview

1588, in the meaning defined above

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“Overview.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overview. Accessed 24 May. 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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