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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Here’s a brief timeline of all the times Heathers got pulled from the air following real-world gun violence — which, as a bonus, doubles as a non-comprehensive overview of a few of the worst shootings of 2018. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Heathers TV show was pulled following a mass shooting — for the third time this year," 29 Oct. 2018 Mehdi gave a short overview of the October 2018 Update’s highlights: Timeline, Your Phone, and more. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches next-gen Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio and more," 2 Oct. 2018 The story provides a nice overview of the rocket's long history. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Vega soars, Delta 2 end nears, hearing a Falcon Heavy launch," 24 Aug. 2018 Here is an overview of six Front artists, and where to find their projects. New York Times, "New Triennial Offers Artists the Canvas of Cleveland," 11 July 2018 Poetz deftly filled in the blanks as the owner gave an overview of the business. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers mayor removed from office, but it's his choice," 25 June 2018 Hans Redeker, Global Head of FX Strategy at Morgan Stanley, gives us an overview of dollar strength and the slump in Turkish lira. Bloomberg.com, "Surveillance: We’re Halfway Through this Cycle, Gimbel Predicts," 23 May 2018 An overview of the WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program is at landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "‘Fairy garden’ makeover for drought-ravaged yard," 3 May 2018 In the meantime, here is an overview of key findings from each of the report's sections. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "New Orleans 'Prosperity Index' finds the city's economy is still divided by race," 11 Apr. 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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: a short explanation or description : summary an overview of American history

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