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 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 In a review article published in the journal Cell Metabolism, the scientists examine why bats are seemingly unaffected by viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, while discussing their unusual lifespans. Fox News, "Bats offer COVID-19 treatment clues, scientists say," 14 July 2020 That mantra — that no amount of preparation will account for all variables — extended far beyond the technique, recovery and film review strategies shared across two days at the Omni Hotel adjacent to Cowboys headquarters at the Star in Frisco. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Inside the NFL offensive linemen summit, where players prepare for a season of uncertainty," 14 July 2020 The team launched a 'thorough review' of the name July 3 that the NFL supported. CBS News, "Washington Redskins reportedly set to drop their name," 13 July 2020 The civilian review board could mandate an investigation, or the inspector general could initiate his or her own investigations. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville could soon see 'hybrid' civilian review of the police department. What to know," 10 July 2020 Several Common Council members have introduced an ordinance that would create a citizen review board that would have the authority to investigate complaints against officers. Christian Sheckler, The Indianapolis Star, "South Bend police has no mandatory de-escalation training, but 7 'combat shoots' each year," 9 July 2020 Saeed Sheikh’s lawyer said a review board would have to be established to extend his detention. Washington Post, "Pakistan could soon release slain US reporter’s kidnapper," 29 June 2020 In New Jersey last year, the Newark Fraternal Order of Police won a lawsuit that pulled the fangs out of a civilian review board, stripping it of its subpoena power to investigate complaints against police. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "When it comes to policing the police, strong watchdogs are the exception," 25 June 2020 Permit the city to independently appoint a citizen review board to examine the department’s internal affairs investigations. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg proposed a resolution addressing police discipline. City Council, local activists weren’t so sure.," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar has asked residents to review the county’s existing 99-page agreement with deputies and provide input via email at CommunityFeedback@bexar.org. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Talks on Bexar County sheriff deputies’ contract soon to take up use of force, civilian review board," 13 July 2020 The original architect for Independence City Hall, Norm Casini, will be sketching the new design, after which the city will review the plan and determine what materials would be needed. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Independence looks to provide structural and security updates to City Hall," 11 July 2020 Huntsville has assembled a citizens advisory committee to review police activity during protests that occurred on June 1 and 3 that ended with police breaking up crowds with tear gas and other riot gear. al, "Mobile officials begin examining police policies and procedures in aftermath of George Floyd killing," 10 July 2020 The department is in the process of hiring civilians to manage, review and redact footage the cameras capture, the release states. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD signs contract to begin body camera use program. Here's what we know.," 9 July 2020 Schneider sat on a hospital committee that met twice weekly to review evidence and update protocols as the pandemic took hold in Salem. oregonlive, "For 13 days, Oregon woman was on the brink of death from coronavirus," 9 July 2020 The Education Bureau on Monday ordered schools to review all reading materials in the curriculum. Helen Regan, Vanesse Chan And Eric Cheung, CNN, "Hong Kong schools told to remove books that violate new law as police powers extended," 7 July 2020 This week, education authorities told schools to review their library collections and remove books that could violate the law. Washington Post, "Teachers face threats, books are banned as China pushes party line in Hong Kong schools," 7 July 2020 Nike and PepsiCo then put out statements Friday supporting Washington's decision to review the matter and move toward a change. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "What we know: The latest on mounting pressure that could prompt Washington Redskins to change team name," 7 July 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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1 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Review.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/review. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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