review

1 of 2

noun

re·​view ri-ˈvyü How to pronounce review (audio)
1
a
: a formal military inspection
b
: a military ceremony honoring a person or an event
2
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)
6
a
: a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)
b
: a magazine devoted chiefly to reviews and essays
7
a
: 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

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verb

re·​view ri-ˈvyü How to pronounce review (audio)
reviewed; reviewing; reviews

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
4
a
: 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
reviewable adjective

Example Sentences

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
If some—or all of this—rings true, a credit card audit or annual review can be especially helpful. Mia Taylor, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2023 Five years later, that independent review was completed in a report for the National Academy of Sciences. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2023 It’s when a chef or menu unexpectedly changes between review visits. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2023 Every review touts the Lucas' Papaw Ointment's ability to hydrate, heal, and keep skin in a healthy and balanced state. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 19 Jan. 2023 Steeh has previously ordered the painting not to be moved pending further review. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2023 What follows is a first impression of the service, more like a test drive than a full review covering every facet. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2023 The BAFTAs are now three years — and a second awards cycle — into implementing the results of its 2020 diversity review, which made a sweeping 120 changes to the way the awards and organization are run. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 19 Jan. 2023 Hartland-Lakeside School Board president Tom Harter said Nikolay handed in her resignation letter during a closed session review by the board of administrative contracts during the board's Jan. 16 meeting. Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 18 Jan. 2023
Verb
If the council does not amend the ordinance, the judge will then review the case on whether enforcement should be blocked permanently, according to the Goldwater Institute. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 18 Jan. 2023 New Judiciary panel will review discovery of classified documents in Biden's former office, home. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2023 The board will also review the tentative contract agreement reached with the California School Employees Association Chapter 389, which reflects a 5.64 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2022. Laura Groch Jan. 15, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2023 Here, our critics review a handful of the works on display. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2023 Before a flight takes off, pilots and airline dispatchers must review the notices, which include details about weather, runway closures or construction and other information that could affect a flight. Arkansas Online, 12 Jan. 2023 John Lausch, another Trump appointee, to review the situation. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 He would be speedily vindicated by the High Court of Australia, which, unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, can review the facts of a case. Raymond J. De Souza, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2023 Before a plane takes off, pilots and airline dispatchers must review the notices, which include details about bad weather, runway closures or other temporary factors that could affect the flight. David Koenig, ajc, 12 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of review was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near review

Cite this Entry

“Review.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/review. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

review

1 of 2 noun
re·​view ri-ˈvyü How to pronounce review (audio)
1
: a formal inspection of troops by officers
2
: a general survey
3
: an act of looking something over especially for flaws
4
a
: a discussion by a critic of the quality of something (as a book or play)
b
: a magazine filled mostly with reviews and essays
5
a
: a look at past events
b
: a fresh study of material studied before
6
: revue

review

2 of 2 verb
1
: to look at a thing again
2
: to study or examine again
review a lesson
3
: to make a formal inspection of (as troops)
4
: to discuss the quality of (as a book or play)
5
: to look back on
review one's accomplishments
reviewer noun

Legal Definition

review

1 of 2 noun
re·​view ri-ˈvyü How to pronounce review (audio)
: 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

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to reexamine judicially
reviewability
-ˌvyü-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē
noun
reviewable adjective

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