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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Answers are complicated by the way members of the Sackler family have shielded their wealth in a web of companies and trusts, a review by The Associated Press has found. Adam Geller, courant.com, "Sackler family’s web makes it hard to track cash from Purdue Pharma," 2 Sep. 2019 Gus Malzahn is scheduled to meet with the media this evening to give a final review of the team’s dramatic win against the Ducks, as well as look forward to the matchup with Tulane. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "What Gus Malzahn said the day after Auburn beat Oregon," 1 Sep. 2019 Ronaldo had a first-half goal chalked off for offsides following a VAR review, but Juve dominated play over the first 45 minutes before slowing down in the second due to the warm temperatures. Si Wire, SI.com, "Juventus vs. Napoli Live Stream, TV Channel: Watch Serie A Online," 31 Aug. 2019 This report could have been a review of why the Justice Department’s chain of command never found a way to stop Trump’s repeated efforts to influence investigations in ways that violated Justice Department rules and guidelines. Marcy Wheeler, The New Republic, "How Trump’s Justice Department Screwed James Comey," 30 Aug. 2019 Encourage your child to follow a favorite author on social media, download extra chapters from the publisher’s website or post a video of a book review on YouTube. Wendy Fawthrop, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Two pros aim to make reading fun for kids in ‘How to Raise a Reader’," 30 Aug. 2019 On its own initiative, the board is also pursuing a broader review of the entire proposal, although that assessment is now likely to take longer than expected (E&E News PM, 22 August). Sean Reilly, Science | AAAS, "EPA’s controversial ‘secret science’ plan still lacks key details, advisers say," 28 Aug. 2019 Barbara Marcille, the Multnomah County trial court administrator, said the court was aware that a review was taking place but had not seen the report. oregonlive.com, "Portland parking enforcement open to ‘favoritism’ and ‘illegal conduct,’ review finds," 24 Aug. 2019 In all, Webb’s probe took 17 months and involved nearly 150 interviews and a review of more than 300,000 pages of records. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb given far-reaching mandate to investigate Jussie Smollett case: ‘The facts will take me where they take me’," 24 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Despite persistent international condemnation and calls for Askarov’s release, a Kyrgyz court that had reviewed his case in light of new legislation ruled to uphold his life sentence on July 30. 9. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, "The 10 Most Urgent Cases of Injustice Against the Press This Month," 3 Sep. 2019 This, at least, is my conclusion after reviewing his Twitter feed from the past month, along with his public statements, remarks to the press, speeches, and rallies. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Wacky, Angry, and Extreme August," 3 Sep. 2019 In rejecting the student athletes’ challenge to the NCAA’s call that student athletes are not their employees, the two courts reviewed the relationship between the NCAA and student athletes from different sides of the ball. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "9th Circuit: College football players not NCAA employees," 2 Sep. 2019 After retiring in 1993, Mrs. Powell worked during the mid-1990s in the state Department of Legislative Services reviewing bills that were bound for the legislature. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Beverly A. Powell, former BGE lobbyist, dies," 1 Sep. 2019 After reviewing the assessment, a judge decides if a person should be released, said Hennessy. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco sheriff, Equal Justice Under law reach settlement to eliminate cash bail," 31 Aug. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Battiste said on Friday evening that police are questioning witnesses and reviewing surveillance video from the game. Tara Law, Time, "10 Injured in Shooting at Alabama High School Football Game," 31 Aug. 2019 Police, who reviewed surveillance footage, have an idea of who the suspects are, but the investigation is ongoing. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Clerk opens fire after suspects smash into gas station to steal ATM, police say," 30 Aug. 2019 The last memo records Comey reviewing again the proper channels for the president to intervene in investigations; the report’s discussion of it notes that Comey’s chief of staff shared the details in real time with the proper chain of command. Marcy Wheeler, The New Republic, "How Trump’s Justice Department Screwed James Comey," 30 Aug. 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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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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