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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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 Taken together, the responses formed a kind of kaleidoscopic year in review. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "‘Today is the day that life has changed’: An oral history of L.A., COVID-19 and 2020," 3 Jan. 2021 Underscored’s review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Learn more and apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Darren Murph, CNN Underscored, "Are you using the right credit card when ordering food for delivery?," 2 Jan. 2021 In its annual review, Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Travis Caldwell, CNN, "This year's list of 'banished' words and phrases are all about Covid-19," 2 Jan. 2021 Hank Stuever wrote in his glowing review of the series. Washington Post, "8 hidden TV gems you might have missed (or forgotten about) in 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 And his review offers a prescient reminder that the dissemination of misinformation often goes hand in hand with authoritarianism. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "New Yorker Classics That Resonated in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 The Department of Health, however, said that regulators must be given time to carry out its review the results of the Oxford vaccine. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "British government plans to approve Oxford vaccine, distribute starting Jan. 4," 28 Dec. 2020 And a lack of exciting product: Even the line-topping Nissan GTR fared poorly in its most recent Bloomberg review. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, "The Automakers That Have Won Big or Lost Ground Going Into 2021," 24 Dec. 2020 One of the most far-reaching changes calls for the FAA to convene a team of federal experts, including some from the Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, at the outset of its review of novel plane designs. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Congress Raises Standards for Assessing New Airliner Designs," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The city‘s living wage enforcement unit consists of two employees who review contractor certifications, investigate worker complaints, educate contractors on the law, and conduct site visits for verification of pay received by covered employees. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego tightening living wage law to eliminate confusion, avoid contractor lawsuits," 29 Dec. 2020 Seventy-two of the 173 deaths are from a regular records review to see if a COVID-19 infection contributed to a death. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan reports 3,082 new COVID-19 cases, 173 deaths Tuesday," 22 Dec. 2020 The award is selected by an expert panel of former NFL players who review submissions from high school coaches across the United States. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Alabama high school senior receives National Football League honor," 19 Dec. 2020 The specialized courts will review family lawsuits and other civil cases including rental disputes, the country’s official news agency said, citing a decision by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the head of the emirate’s Judicial Department. Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg.com, "Abu Dhabi to Start Specialized Courts as Part of Legal Overhaul," 19 Dec. 2020 The commission will review and investigate the operations of at least 14 of Maryland’s quasi-governmental agencies and recommend standards for oversight and accountability, a news release said. Washington Post, "Ex-aide to Gov. Hogan declines to answer lawmakers’ questions about large severance payment," 17 Dec. 2020 The city’s attorneys and human resources manager also should closely review notices of intent to sue to determine if outside investigations are warranted, the report said. oregonlive, "Outside consultants blast West Linn’s cursory review of Michael Fesser’s wrongful arrest claims," 17 Dec. 2020 The city attorney will formally review it and respond, but there is no justification for removing the officials from office, the mayor said. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "COVID-19 ethics complaint filed against Frisco mayor, council members photographed without masks indoors," 15 Dec. 2020 Companies should review their annual business justification for the programs, said BJ D’Avella, a partner in Paul Hastings’ life-sciences consulting group. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Health-Care Industry Faces Greater Scrutiny Around Payments to Doctors to Promote Products," 3 Dec. 2020

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

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Review.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/review. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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 review (audio) \ adjective

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