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

Here’s our review of the specialty units, with contract details from OvertheCap.com and Spotrac.com. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Michael Dickson the answer at punter, but Seahawks still facing a question mark at kicker heading into 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 Vogue’s Julia Felsenthal wrote in her review of this film in 2018. Vogue, "The 3 Best Documentaries to Watch This Martin Luther King Jr. Day," 21 Jan. 2019 Emily Yoshida wrote in her review of the film for Vulture. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 The review concluded that improving on these risk factors could prevent more than a third of dementia cases across the globe. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 With more than 8,000 customer reviews, and a four-star rating, the Sweet Home Collection sheet set is currently the No. 1 bestseller in Home & Kitchen on Amazon. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Amazon's Bestselling Sheets Are On Sale For Just $15 Today," 14 Feb. 2019 Jonathan will reportedly host the after show of Lindsays’s new MTV reality show, Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, in a full, 30 minute review of the premiere airing later this week on January 8. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Lindsay Lohan and Jonathan Bennett Just Delivered Some Great 'Mean Girls' Reunion News," 7 Jan. 2019 Ars heard about this Silicon-Valley marvel several months ago, and I was sent a review unit to test out. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 The bill does not include an independent investigation at the start of the review process. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress’s recently passed sexual harassment bill, explained," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To formulate the guidelines, published in JAMA this week, a panel reviewed previous research on the benefits and harms of preventative interventions for perinatal depression. Korin Miller, SELF, "How New Recommendations on Perinatal Depression Might Change Your Next Prenatal Appointment," 14 Feb. 2019 After the application form closes on the March 1 deadline, Drew and Jonathan will begin reviewing all of them. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "EXCLUSIVE: You Can Apply To Be An Intern With The Property Brothers," 22 Jan. 2019 The staff favorite in this category is Science Fair, which our esteemed Jay Timmer reviewed from his relevant perspective as Ars' Senior Science Editor. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Both New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo worked together with Amazon to bypass the standard review processes that would have given the city council a chance to veto or even review the deal. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "New York City council members railed against Amazon in the hope of renegotiating the HQ2 deal," 12 Dec. 2018 The university spent eight years reviewing its plans and goals with the Cambridge community and getting local buy-in. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 Concerned that it might be used to record visitors using the bathroom, Ellison took it and reviewed its contents. Fox News, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 23 Oct. 2018 In 2017, the English-language sites in Gizmodo Media Group generated more than $80 million in revenue, according to a document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, but still lost about $20 million. Dana Mattioli, WSJ, "Private-Equity Firm Great Hill Partners in Talks to Buy Gizmodo Media Group," 15 Feb. 2019 The inspector reviews blueprints and job progress to ensure the remodel meets building codes and ordinances. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "See The Definitions Of Common Renovation Terms," 26 Dec. 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
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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