review

noun
re·​view | \ ri-ˈvyü How to pronounce review (audio) \

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 How to pronounce review (audio) \
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 How to pronounce reviewable (audio) \ 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

Our weekly selection of book reviews and recommendations from Book World editor Ron Charles. Jake Cline, Washington Post, "Patti Smith looks back at a heartbreaking year," 17 Sep. 2019 Still ongoing is a review of applications for marijuana cultivation, distribution, manufacturing and testing licenses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "These marijuana dispensaries and delivery businesses are still competing for licenses in Chula Vista," 17 Sep. 2019 Atossa Araxia Abrahamian give a great review of the history of inquiry into poverty and the wealth gap—the concept isn’t new but addressing the gap has been less of a priority than simply helping people be slightly less poor. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit Is All About the Sisterhood: raceAhead," 17 Sep. 2019 In a review last year, Public Health England found that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking conventional cigarettes and was helping 20,000 people quit a year. Katie Hunt, CNN, "The US and UK see vaping very differently. Here's why," 17 Sep. 2019 Pompeo has blamed Iran for the attack, although President Trump has been hesitant to do so until a full review has been completed. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Pompeo travels to Saudi Arabia amid fallout from oil facility attack," 17 Sep. 2019 Follow Reviewed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest deals, reviews, and more. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The best mattress brand is offering an insane discount right now," 16 Sep. 2019 Trying to isolate particular moments to discuss in a review was a nearly impossible task. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 Some violations — cremating a person without the proper authorization and mixing up cremated remains — did show up in a Statesman Journal review of two years' worth of board actions from 2017 to 2019 against funeral home and crematory operators. oregonlive, "State inspections of funeral homes fall short in Oregon," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Authorities in Columbus reviewed video in which Emma Dietrich, 31, and Joshua Tennant, 27, allegedly are seen allowing older students to physically harass the young girl, the police department said Tuesday. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Ohio day care worker allowed 5-year-old to be bullied, held her by her ankle, police say," 13 Sep. 2019 The agency is still reviewing evidence and statements related to the incident, said Sgt. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Gilbert police: Decision to charge in hot car death of 3-year-old in Gilbert could take weeks," 12 Sep. 2019 School officials are reviewing policies, procedures and protocols to make sure an incident like this does not happen again, the statement says. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "High School Football Players Allegedly Lured Duck Out of Water Before Brutal Beating," 10 Sep. 2019 To get a better handle on the implications of differing eating patterns, U.S. health officials are reviewing scientific research on how eating frequency affects health, including weight gain and obesity. NBC News, "Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health?," 9 Sep. 2019 Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Dana Nessel, said the complaint is being reviewed. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Battle heating up over who decides whether you have a gravel pit in your backyard," 5 Sep. 2019 That spokesperson, Dan Nolte, said the lawsuit’s claims are being reviewed. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Massive power bills spark potential class-action lawsuit against Seattle City Light," 29 Aug. 2019 But users aren't typically aware that humans and not just computers are reviewing audio. CBS News, "Apple apologizes for allowing contractors to listen to Siri recordings," 28 Aug. 2019 Metro is reviewing a police officer’s use of pepper spray during an altercation Tuesday with a female passenger on a Red Line train, a spokeswoman said. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "Metro reviews officer’s use of pepper spray inside train during incident with passenger," 17 Sep. 2019

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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
US : 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 How to pronounce review (audio) \

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 How to pronounce review (audio) \

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 How to pronounce reviewable (audio) \ adjective

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