feedback

noun

feed·​back ˈfēd-ˌbak How to pronounce feedback (audio)
1
a
: the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the original or controlling source
also : the information so transmitted
b
: the partial reversion (see reversion sense 3a) of the effects of a process to its source or to a preceding stage
2
: the return to the input of a part of the output of a machine, system, or process (as for producing changes in an electronic circuit that improve performance or in an automatic control device that provide self-corrective action)
3
: a rumbling, whining, or whistling sound resulting from an amplified or broadcast signal (such as music or speech) that has been returned as input and retransmitted

Example Sentences

The company uses customer feedback to improve its products. He asked for some feedback from his boss. The computer makes adjustments based on feedback from the sensors. We were getting some feedback from the microphone.
Recent Examples on the Web Winc selects wines based on the recipient's tastes and preferences and continually reevaluates based on their feedback about each box. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 24 Nov. 2022 To share your feedback on Birmingham pro sports teams and venues, click here to take a short survey. Clif Eason, al, 18 Nov. 2022 As a chef known for his brutally honest feedback, Ramsay welcomes customers' critiques or thoughts on his own restaurants on social media. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2022 Customers benefit from the speed and quality of your adaptation to their feedback. James Allen, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2022 It’s scheduled for 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. City staff and consultant Civiltech Engineering Inc. will present three preliminary designs, and those who attend can offer their feedback. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 28 Oct. 2022 Dear Concerned Biologist: Thank you for your wise feedback. Annie Lane, cleveland, 24 Oct. 2022 Dear Concerned Biologist: Thank you for your wise feedback. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 24 Oct. 2022 Between now and getting the show to Broadway, Clark and McAnally said the remaining work involves getting it in front of audiences, and hearing their feedback. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of feedback was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Feedback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feedback. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

feedback

noun

feed·​back ˈfēd-ˌbak How to pronounce feedback (audio)
1
a
: the return to the input of a part of the output of a machine, system, or process
b
: noise resulting from the feedback of an amplified or broadcast signal
2
: the giving or sending of information or of something from which information can be obtained about the value, effect, or result of an action or process to the controlling source
also : the information or information-containing material so given or sent

Medical Definition

feedback

noun

feed·​back ˈfēd-ˌbak How to pronounce feedback (audio)
1
: the return to the input of part of the output of a machine, system, or process (as for producing changes in an electronic circuit that improve performance or in an automatic control device that provide self-corrective action)
2
a
: the partial reversion of the effects of a process to its source or to a preceding stage
b
: the return to a point of origin of evaluative or corrective information about an action or process
patient feedback was solicited
also : the information so transmitted
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