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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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 The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team is preparing to submit the case to Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik for review, Brightbill said. oregonlive, "Deputies fired 34 times at Kevin Peterson Jr. as he ran from them with a gun, investigators say," 26 Nov. 2020 That leaves time for additional review of the legal issues without jeopardizing Pennsylvania's role, the campaign contended. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Trump carries on fight to overturn Pennsylvania's election even as his administration green-lights Biden transition," 24 Nov. 2020 Now that the agency has notified LISD of its investigation, TEA staff may conduct interviews within LISD or request certain documents be submitted for review. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "TEA opens investigation into Lancaster ISD superintendent buyout," 23 Nov. 2020 Spies said the board has the authority to adjourn and allow for the review of results, and nothing restricts the board's authority. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan board votes to certify election results despite GOP calls to delay," 23 Nov. 2020 The case is being submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review. Katelyn Keenehan, The Arizona Republic, "Man shot and killed after forcing entry into another man's apartment in Phoenix," 20 Nov. 2020 The documents will now go back to the lower-court judge for review before they are released. Rebecca Boone, Star Tribune, "Idaho Supreme Court: State must reveal execution drug source," 20 Nov. 2020 Such apps would need to submit each individual game for review by Apple for listing in a distinct App Store product page. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Stadia game streaming will come to iOS via Web browser," 19 Nov. 2020 Pfizer and Moderna, meanwhile, plan to submit their vaccine testing data to the Food and Drug Administration for review, a process that could lead to vaccine distributions by year’s end to limited groups such as health-care workers and the elderly. WSJ, "Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Daily Cases Top 170,000 for Second Time," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Research institutes and hospitals involved in vaccine testing also need to be more transparent, critics say, as do those institutions’ ethics review committees. Shreya Dasgupta, Science | AAAS, "India needs more transparency in its COVID-19 vaccine trials, critics say," 25 Nov. 2020 Fifty-one of the 145 deaths were found later in a regular records review to see if a COVID-19 infection contributed to one's death. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan reports 6,290 new COVID-19 cases, 145 deaths Tuesday," 24 Nov. 2020 People seeking to battle partisan gerrymandering can no longer seek help from federal courts, which are barred from taking those cases by a 2019 Supreme Court decision that declared federal courts couldn’t review claims of partisan gerrymandering. Steve Lem, The Conversation, "Republicans didn’t lose big in 2020 – they held onto statehouses and the power to influence future elections," 24 Nov. 2020 The focus of the conversation with kids should be to share the high-level news of a job loss, explain what directly affects them and review some day-to-day changes that the family will face. Washington Post, "The pandemic means fewer presents for many families. Here’s what to tell your kid.," 24 Nov. 2020 Dantzler said after the game that his team didn’t have any major penalties out of the scuffle, but will review the film. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Central beats Waggener in playoffs as game called early due to fourth quarter scuffle," 21 Nov. 2020 This group is scheduled to meet on Dec. 8, 9 and 10, sources told CNBC, and will likely review Pfizer's application. NBC News, "Covid-19 vaccines could be available by the end of December. Here's what needs to happen first.," 18 Nov. 2020 In a lawsuit filed against Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, a class of veterans argued that the Army should change its process of reviewing discharge upgrade requests and review past denials under more-generous guidelines. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Army to review discharges for soldiers kicked out for suicide attempts and sexual assault trauma," 18 Nov. 2020 Plans to convert the city’s Housing Advisory Commission into a Human Rights Commission were tabled by the Naperville City Council until Dec. 15 as members review regulations from comparable communities. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "Vote on new Naperville Human Rights Commission delayed until December," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of review was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Review.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/review. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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review

noun
How to pronounce review (audio)

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
How to pronounce review (audio)

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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