review

noun
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

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

Other Words from review

Verb

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 While the Council on Postsecondary Education can manage the search process for a new president, there’s an obvious choice for the person who should lead a deeper review of RIC: Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hired former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Gableman last summer to conduct a review of the 2020 election. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Jan. 2022 President Joe Biden in April signed legislation directing the U.S. Justice Department to conduct a review of hate crimes, and advise state and local governments on how best to address the issue. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 7 Jan. 2022 The District Attorney’s Office had not yet completed a review of that police shooting as of Thursday. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2022 In the court’s view, that policy is advanced by allowing public review of the settlement’s terms. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 5 Jan. 2022 Any review of the evidence supporting decision-making for Covid-19 management is potentially out of date once published. WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 Despite the minimal change, the North Olmsted charter calls a review of ward boundaries, which the city recently paid the Triad Research Group roughly $5,000 to complete. John Benson, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2022 On Tuesday, Chinese regulators announced plans for a security review of various internet platforms. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mencl and Bernstein both supported the two-week continuation while also affirming the need to review the policy at the next board meeting. cleveland, 7 Jan. 2022 And several justices floated the idea of issuing a brief administrative stay, or pause, that would allow the court to review the merits before issuing a final determination. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 7 Jan. 2022 The Common Council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee is to review the proposal at its Tuesday meeting. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Jan. 2022 Soon after that meeting, Bastian said Leavitt called him into his office and handed him a binder of materials to review for the case, asking him to see if what was inside changed his mind about prosecuting it. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Jan. 2022 Biden is also expected to review preparations with Zelensky for upcoming diplomatic talks. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2021 The school has pledged to review safety protocols within the athletics program. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 Some start by looking at KPIs achieved while others make sure to review more frequently throughout the year. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 The Army spokesman said the Human Resources command would continue to review Purple Heart nominations for 11 additional soldiers at the base. Michael Kaplan, CBS News, 20 Dec. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/review. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for review

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

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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