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 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 But the Ferguson’s office’s review discovered that only once in a three-year period before the study’s release had Chicago police confiscated a gun from a person before transporting them to a mental health facility. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, 19 July 2021 Four of about 20 permits issued to the company have been revoked, suspended or require additional review: the air pollution permit, the water pollution permit, the permit to destroy wetlands and the company's main permit to mine. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 There is an established oversight mechanism in the form of a review committee headed by the Union Cabinet Secretary. Washington Post, 18 July 2021 The sequel to the 1996 family movie starring Michael Jordan, has a 31% score on review site, Rotten Tomatoes. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 18 July 2021 The European Central Bank makes its first policy announcement since concluding a strategy review that signaled a greater tolerance for an inflation rate that is above its previous target. Wsj Staff, WSJ, 18 July 2021 Now a citizens’ review panel is contesting the decision. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, 17 July 2021 An initial review Friday showed the Bootleg Fire destroyed 67 homes and 117 outbuildings overnight in one county. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 An initial review Friday showed the Bootleg Fire destroyed 67 homes and 117 outbuildings overnight in one county. CBS News, 17 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their cases are part of a statewide grand jury probe that was initially commissioned by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2019 to review safety and security matters after the Parkland school shooting. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, 16 July 2021 The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board held a closed meeting to review the report and referred the case to the District’s Office of Attorney General. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 So, just to review, there is a rule in the Big 12 this season that will benefit only the delicate team from Austin, Texas, and no one else. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 15 July 2021 Smith said Williams’ decision on Monday regarding Farmer’s and Chapman’s discipline meant the board had less than 24 hours to review his findings. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 13 July 2021 The suspects fled the scene after reentering their vehicles, however, police said there were surveillance cameras in the area to review evidence. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2021 Olszewski is walking back legislation to convene a work group in the coming weeks to review the proposal, according to a news release. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, 6 July 2021 In its settlement with the SEC, for example, Robinhood agreed to hire a consultant to review its policies to make sure its communications comply with federal law, for example. CBS News, 1 July 2021 In 2014, Cannizzaro signed on to a partnership with the Innocence Project New Orleans to review possible wrongful convictions. New York Times, 30 June 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 1 Aug. 2021.

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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

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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