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

Essential Meaning of review

1 : an act of carefully looking at or examining the quality or condition of something or someone : examination or inspection Changes to the building had to be made after the review by the safety inspectors. After hours of review, the committee made its decision. See More Examplesa review board/committee The medical records were sent to the doctor for review. The grant application is up for review. [=the application for the grant will be looked at] The book/policy/ruling is under review. [=is being reviewed] (formal) On review of [=after reviewing] the evidence, the jury finds the defendant guilty. Upon further review of your situation [=after spending more time looking at and thinking about your situation], we have decided to grant your request. The decision is subject to review by a higher authority. [=the decision might be studied and then changed by someone who has more power]Hide
2 : a report that gives someone's opinion about the quality of a book, performance, product, etc. I read the book/film reviews in the newspaper. Reviews of the play were good. [=the people who wrote the reviews liked the play] See More ExamplesCritics gave the new album mixed reviews. [=some critics liked the album, while other critics did not] a favorable review The movie received rave reviews. [=reviews that say it is excellent] Copies of the book were sent to critics for review. = Review copies of the book were sent to critics. [=copies of the book were sent to critics so that they could read it and then write reviews about it] The educational software was sent to teachers for review.Hide
3 : a magazine filled mostly with reviews and articles that describe the writer's thoughts or opinions about a subject

Full 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


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

Other Words from review


reviewable \ ri-​ˈvyü-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce review (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 Pfizer pill, and the one by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, which is already under FDA review, represent a new way to try to reduce the most severe outcomes from the virus, experts say. Tyler Pager, Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2021 The responses came back the same: still under review. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 Although this approach currently requires IRS permission via a Private Letter Ruling, there is legislation under review on Capitol Hill that would make the process much easier for companies. Anthony Noto For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021 Currently there are 12 active spot bitcoin ETF applications under review by the SEC, none of which have been approved. Rayne Steinberg, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Approximately 11 people suffered cardiac arrest at the show, Turner said, although causes of death are under review. Jem Aswad, Variety, 6 Nov. 2021 Accountability for those the Navy said contributed to the loss of the ship is still under review by a consolidated disposition authority led by Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, the commander of the Pacific Fleet. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 Competitor Merck’s pill is already under review at the FDA., 5 Nov. 2021 Competitor Merck got the the green light for its antiviral molnupiravir pill in U.K. Thursday, while the drug remains under review at the FDA. Janine Puhak,, 5 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their decision to review the 2nd Circuit's decision came after a spate of mass shootings, which reignited the debate over gun control and sparked calls for Congress to pass more stringent gun laws. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 3 Nov. 2021 Think of it as an opportunity to review and potentially simplify, standardize and rationalize your business processes, integrations and software estate. Claus Jepsen, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 On Monday, Rittenhouse's legal team and prosecutors attended a pretrial hearing to review outstanding issues before jury selection begins on November 1. Jenn Selva And Kelly Mccleary, CNN, 27 Oct. 2021 The doctors must sign the document and confirm that the recipient was given an opportunity to review it before surgery. Matthew Perrone, ajc, 27 Oct. 2021 These are topics that the agency staff have neither the experience nor the jurisdiction to review. Rachel Chiu, National Review, 25 Oct. 2021 Regulators have discovered little evidence so far to support allegations that the companies posed national data security risks by listing in the U.S. and letting American regulators have full access to review their auditing papers, the people said. Keith Zhai, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 The lawmakers’ requests to review the decision were accepted by the Government Accountability Office and the Defense Department inspector general. al, 20 Oct. 2021 Nearly a decade ago, Pittsburgh leaders made an effort to review the workings of the housing authority, but with little success. Arkansas Online, 16 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of review


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


1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for review


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


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

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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


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


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


transitive verb

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 review (audio) \ adjective

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