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.

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Here’s a quick overview of the stages: Stage 1, Thursday, Steamboat Springs: One 53.2-mile lap with 6 miles on tricky gravel roads, 4,255 feet of climbing and some steep technical descents. 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Stage 2. John Meyer, The Know, "When and where to watch the Colorado Classic women’s cycling race this week," 21 Aug. 2019 Schedule overview: The Panthers will open at Lucas Oil Stadium against Fishers and then host Hamilton Southeastern in Week 2 before getting into MIC play on the road at Warren Central. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "High school football top-10 countdown: A look at No. 9 North Central," 31 July 2019 First, a quick overview: The Cape Cod Rail Trail follows the old Cape Cod Central Railroad and the Old Colony Railroad rail lines that once brought vacationers from Boston and New York. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Cool cruising along the Cape Cod Rail Trail," 16 July 2019 There are the usual standards, with an overview of all 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams, including an in-depth look at the offense, defense and special teams along with a final analysis for 2019. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Most college football preview magazines rank UCF in top 25, project Clemson, Alabama title tilt rematch," 17 June 2019 Brannon Lloyd, a college financial-planning educator, will provide an overview of the costs associated with attending college. Houston Chronicle, "tr sunday calendar 0804," 4 Aug. 2019 Microsoft also added a redesigned settings menu to provide an overview of the available controls, and added more fine-grained controls to Narrator and the Magnifier UI. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "New Windows 10 feature build improves notifications, eye tracking and Your Phone app," 3 July 2019 Richard Pengelly, director with PFM Asset Management LLC out of Orlando, provided an overview of some of the savings that the county could experience. al.com, "Commissioners condemn homophobic remarks from Mobile County treasurer," 20 June 2019 That study provided an overview of financial tools that could generate revenue, which in turn could be used to provide financial incentives for private investment downtown. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Clarendon Hills Village Board moves closer to TIF district for downtown building upgrades," 4 June 2019

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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


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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