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 The bill would require an annual review of the special treatment Washington affords Hong Kong under the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, including trade and business privileges that do not extend to mainland China. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Hong Kong activists press U.S. to counter China’s erosion of city’s freedoms," 17 Sep. 2019 The Sellwood Dairy Queen may not be around for long: A building permit is under review to turn it into a drive-through bank. oregonlive, "What’s your favorite Portland area Dairy Queen? Vote now!," 10 Sep. 2019 Brosenne was initially held without bond until an Aug. 29 bail review, after which he was released on recognizance, online court records indicate. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Sykesville man indicted for allegedly sexually abusing a minor over a 9-year span," 9 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is conducting an antitrust review of the nation's biggest tech companies. Brian Fung, CNN, "Facebook hit with antitrust investigation by eight states and DC," 6 Sep. 2019 Koleda explained her department is currently undergoing a major update of the city’s zoning code and will soon put the document before members of the planning commission for review. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada City Council issues temporary ban on electronic message signs," 28 Aug. 2019 Managers conduct negative performance reviews loudly in the open, for everyone to hear. Jonas Downey, Quartz at Work, "How my colleagues and I stay sane in our open office," 22 Aug. 2019 Since then, this OG has expanded its empire into an all-encompassing cannabis education resource that includes consumer reviews, Groupon-esque dispensary deals and a dedicated news site. Katie Shapiro, The Know, "The best weed apps, from social networks to Denver dispensary deals," 21 Aug. 2019 Few of Facebook's 2 billion users are likely aware that the company applies an automated screening system to flag posts indicating suicide risk for review by a Facebook employee. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Suicide attempts are hard to anticipate. A study that tracks teens’ cellphone use aims to change that," 21 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Frosh was a member of a commission that reviewed 18 applicants for the job and selected two finalists for the governor to consider, Howard and Michael Dunty, a criminal prosecutor in Baltimore. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Hogan names Charlton Howard as new state prosecutor for political corruption," 8 Nov. 2019 Both projects are part of $1 billion road funding approved this week by the Transportation Review Advisory Council, the Ohio Department of Transportation panel that reviews and authorizes highway-construction projects. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Widening of I-77, Ohio 18 among $400 million in highway projects approved by state," 8 Nov. 2019 Staffers at the Office of Congressional Ethics, an agency that reviews complaints brought against House members, completed their report and turned it over to the Ethics Committee in September. BostonGlobe.com, "Congressional committee confirms investigation of Trahan’s campaign spending - The Boston Globe," 5 Nov. 2019 The group’s members, including clergy and police watchdogs, are calling for an independent civilian agency that can review police use of deadly force and compel testimony and recommend discipline. Maxine Bernstein, oregonlive, "Community can offer input on Portland’s negotiations for new police union contract at two forums," 5 Nov. 2019 Any tidy prediction belies a tangle of assumptions and debate, according to an independent expert who has reviewed the IEA’s drafts. The Economist, "Aramco is both the oil sector’s Goliath and a firm vexed by problems," 31 Oct. 2019 Investigators who’ve reviewed the footage allege Vermillion cried out for help numerous times, but was ignored. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Couple Accused of Injecting Childhood Friend With Meth and Filming Her As She Died," 31 Oct. 2019 The institute says intellectual property lawyers who reviewed the whistleblowers’ complaint found no breach of contract or infringement of intellectual property. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Major U.K. genetics lab accused of misusing African DNA," 30 Oct. 2019 Iqbal — who reviewed photos from the accident but has not inspected the garage — said that does not appear to have been the case in the Indianapolis accident. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Simple mistakes can lead to cars falling from parking garages in 'freak' accidents," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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31 Oct 2019

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

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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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