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


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


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chris Evangelista was less thrilled in his review for IndieWire. Clark Collis,, 29 Sep. 2022 Dominion commissioned its own review of Halderman's findings by the MITRE Corporation. Kate Brumback, ajc, 28 Sep. 2022 Teams moving through a four-step investigation have completed their flight data review and timeline reconstruction, and are nearly complete with a fault-tree analysis, according to a release on the company’s website. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2022 Our iPhone 14 Pro review includes plenty of photo samples. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Sep. 2022 The company insisted its future is bright, regardless the outcome of its strategic review, because of recent investments that could expand Nautilus’ customer base. oregonlive, 26 Sep. 2022 Authorities say their initial review of the incident has not revealed any connection between Bonds and the theft investigation. Ruben Vivesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2022 Dearie mapped out a schedule for his review of the documents. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 Read on for my full Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro review. Jenifer Calle, SELF, 23 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The county must also create an administrative charging committee, which will review police internal investigations regarding alleged officer misconduct and determine whether an administrative charge is appropriate. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 28 Sep. 2022 State department of education staff will review the comments and recommend any edits to the draft, department spokesman Charles Pyle said. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2022 The company hopes to use the information gathered during Tuesday’s flight to review next steps and deliver aircrafts to customers by 2027 — though Eviation warns that plan is subject to change. Jennifer Korn, CNN, 27 Sep. 2022 Kelly said a team of POST officials arrived at the department’s backgrounds unit office Tuesday to review files and discuss the results of the audit with Alameda County sheriff’s officials. Melissa Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 The bill also requires utilities to file progress reports, hire independent monitors to review their compliance and apply for funding to reduce the costs of their plans to ratepayers. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 Oregon coach Dan Lanning will hold his weekly news conference tonight to review UO’s win and look ahead to Saturday’s game against the Cardinal. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 26 Sep. 2022 Dearie asked Trump and the government to review the documents in three batches and report to him on any disputes about whether records are privileged by Oct. 7, 14 and 21. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 The report said that a shortage of investigators, experts and compliance staff related to formula constrains the FDA’s ability to fully inspect formula plants, review new products and quickly respond to complaints. Jesse Newman, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of review


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


1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for review


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


in sense 1 of transitive verb, from re- + view; in other senses, from review entry 1

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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


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


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


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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