review

noun
re·​view | \ri-ˈvyü \

Definition of review 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a formal military inspection

b : a military ceremony honoring a person or an event

3 : a general survey (as of the events of a period)

4 : an act or the process of reviewing

5 : judicial reexamination (as of the proceedings of a lower tribunal by a higher)

6a : a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)

b : a magazine devoted chiefly to reviews and essays

7a : a retrospective view or survey (as of one's life)

b(1) : renewed study of material previously studied

(2) : an exercise facilitating such study

8 : revue

review

verb
re·​view | \ri-ˈvyü \
reviewed; reviewing; reviews

Definition of review (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 \also ˈrē-​ˌvyü \ : to view or see again

2 : to examine or study again especially : to reexamine judicially

3 : to look back on : take a retrospective view of review the past

4a : to go over or examine critically or deliberately reviewed the results of the study

b : to give a critical evaluation of review a novel

5 : to hold a review of review troops

intransitive verb

1 : to study material again : make a review review for a test

2 : to write reviews

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Other Words from review

Verb

reviewable \ri-​ˈvyü-​ə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of review in a Sentence

Noun

Changes to the building had to be made after the review by the safety inspectors. After hours of review, the committee made its decision. The medical records were sent to the doctor for review. I read the book reviews in the newspaper. The educational software was sent to teachers for review.

Verb

Scientists are reviewing the results of the study. I need time to review the situation. The ruling will be reviewed by the Supreme Court. The committee reviewed the applications. The television show will review last year's major events. She reviewed her notes for the speech. The television show will review last year's major events. The biography reviewed her accomplishments. Critics have not yet reviewed the movie. The book was reviewed in this magazine.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It's been garnering rave reviews, (including from us!), and Dewan has been showing off some of her favorite pieces on social media. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Launches Her Danskin Capsule Collection In Stores," 7 Dec. 2018 Comfort was key in their review process: Boots got high marks for cushioning in the footbed, extra padding on the inside, and offering a range of sizes and half sizes. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Hiking Boots for Women, Reviewed by Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 While the HoloLens has garnered positive reviews, the device has struggled to find a market. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft Selling 100,000 HoloLens to U.S Army for $479 Million," 29 Nov. 2018 Every comment submitted during the review process is also available along with individual responses. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 2018 Brooklinen's luxury sheet set alone has more than 8,000 positive reviews, for example, and people swear by their down and down-alternative pillows. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Cult-Favorite Bedding Company Brooklinen Just Launched A Kids’ Line," 1 Nov. 2018 Kelly Vitousek, a psychologist at the University of Hawaii who has written review papers on CR, says these problems make sense from an evolutionary perspective; food is one of our top priorities. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 This approach allowed them to short-circuit what would have been a lengthy review process. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SoccerCity continues legal action against SDSU West," 13 July 2018 In some cases, retailers enlist third-party companies to sift through reviews. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "The Shady World of Online Beauty Reviews," 23 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After reviewing the transaction, Adm. Dennis Blair, a former U.S. director of national intelligence, told the Journal that he was baffled Boeing would proceed with the project. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "Boeing Backs Out of Global IP Satellite Order Financed by China," 6 Dec. 2018 Of course, the court may decline to hear the full case after reviewing the merits of the challengers' lawsuit, but Martha Roberts, a senior attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund, praised the court's decision. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Challenge to EPA’s fuel economy rollback can move ahead, court says," 24 Nov. 2018 The issue poses a unique challenge to big-box retailers and e-commerce sites, some which get thousands of shopper reviews a week. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "The Shady World of Online Beauty Reviews," 23 Nov. 2018 The principal is in the process of reviewing that decision. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "A Student Was Reportedly Reprimanded for Wearing a Shirt That Showed Marilyn Monroe’s Shoulders," 12 Nov. 2018 By the time the Snowden cache had been largely mined out, hundreds of files—ranging from PowerPoint presentations to dumps of Internal Wikis and Web discussion boards—had been reviewed and revealed by journalists. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 2018 ZeroZero Robotics’ first drone was well-reviewed and was initially sold exclusively through Apple retail stores. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The makers of the selfie drone camera are Kickstarting its sequel, the Hover 2," 14 Nov. 2018 The problem was discovered on March 30 when inspection personnel reviewed records and determined that the establishment operated on March 24 without inspection. Fox News, "Raw beef recall: More than 7,000 lbs of uninspected meat for tacos, fajitas recalled from 8 states," 2 Oct. 2018 Workers will scale the scaffolding of the 210-foot-building to review and make necessary repairs to the monument's leaky roof. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Why there's scaffolding around much of the Indiana War Memorial," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of review

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for review

Noun

Middle English reveue, from Middle French, from feminine past participle of revoir to see again, reexamine, from Old French reveoir, from re- + veoir, veeir to see — more at view

Verb

in sense 1 of transitive verb, from re- + view; in other senses, from review entry 1

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review

noun

English Language Learners Definition of review

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of carefully looking at or examining the quality or condition of something or someone : examination or inspection

: a report that gives someone's opinion about the quality of a book, performance, product, etc.

: a magazine filled mostly with reviews and articles that describe the writer's thoughts or opinions about a subject

review

verb

English Language Learners Definition of review (Entry 2 of 2)

: to look at or examine (something) carefully especially before making a decision or judgment

: to study or look at (something) again

: to describe or show (a series of things or events from the past)

review

noun
re·​view | \ri-ˈvyü \

Kids Definition of review

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a look at or examination of a review of the year's major events

2 : a piece of writing about the quality of something (as a book, performance, or product) The film got rave reviews.

3 : a fresh study of material studied before

4 : a formal inspection of troops by officers of high rank or an important person

review

verb
reviewed; reviewing

Kids Definition of review (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to look at or study again Let's review the lesson.

2 : to look at or examine carefully Let's review your record.

3 : to report on or evaluate the quality of Critics will review the book.

4 : to make an official inspection of (as troops)

Other Words from review

reviewer noun

review

noun
re·​view | \ri-ˈvyü \

Legal Definition of review 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a judicial reexamination and reconsideration of the legality or constitutionality of something (as the proceedings of a lower tribunal or a legislative enactment or governmental action) — see also judicial review

Legal Definition of review (Entry 2 of 2)

: to reexamine judicially

Other Words from review

reviewability \-​ˌvyü-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
reviewable \ri-​ˈvyü-​ə-​bəl \ adjective

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