review

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noun

re·​view ri-ˈvyü How to pronounce review (audio)
1
a
: a formal military inspection
b
: a military ceremony honoring a person or an event
2
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)
6
a
: a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)
b
: a magazine devoted chiefly to reviews and essays
7
a
: 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

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verb

re·​view ri-ˈvyü How to pronounce review (audio)
reviewed; reviewing; reviews

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
4
a
: 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
reviewable 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The lost tire is just one of many incidents disclosed by United Airlines in the past year, which triggered a federal safety review of the carrier. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 11 July 2024 Each federal granting agency reviews the independent audits of the state programs receiving their respective funds. Spencer Pauley | The Center Square, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 10 July 2024
Verb
The source: My trusty spreadsheet reviewed a RentCafe study of average rents and apartment sizes by state as of March 2024, tracking what kind of bang for the buck California tenants get. Jonathan Lansner, Orange County Register, 11 July 2024 Speaking Wednesday, Healey said the new government would review the previous government’s policy in granting licenses for weapons sales to Israel. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for review 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near review

Cite this Entry

“Review.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/review. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

review

1 of 2 noun
re·​view ri-ˈvyü How to pronounce review (audio)
1
: a formal inspection of troops by officers
2
: a general survey
3
: an act of looking something over especially for flaws
4
a
: a discussion by a critic of the quality of something (as a book or play)
b
: a magazine filled mostly with reviews and essays
5
a
: a look at past events
b
: a fresh study of material studied before
6
: revue

review

2 of 2 verb
1
: to look at a thing again
2
: to study or examine again
review a lesson
3
: to make a formal inspection of (as troops)
4
: to discuss the quality of (as a book or play)
5
: to look back on
review one's accomplishments
reviewer noun

Legal Definition

review

1 of 2 noun
re·​view ri-ˈvyü How to pronounce review (audio)
: 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

review

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to reexamine judicially
reviewability
-ˌvyü-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē
noun
reviewable adjective

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