What does interview mean?

Definitions for interview
ˈɪn tərˌvyuin·ter·view

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interviewnoun

    the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited); often conducted by journalists

    "my interviews with teenagers revealed a weakening of religious bonds"

  2. consultation, audience, interviewverb

    a conference (usually with someone important)

    "he had a consultation with the judge"; "he requested an audience with the king"

  3. interview, questionverb

    conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting

  4. interviewverb

    discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation

    "We interviewed the job candidates"

  5. interviewverb

    go for an interview in the hope of being hired

    "The job candidate interviewed everywhere"


  1. interviewnoun

    An official face-to-face meeting of monarchs or other important figures.

  2. interviewnoun

    Any face-to-face meeting, especially of an official nature.

  3. interviewnoun

    A conversation in person (or, by extension, over the telephone, Internet etc.) between a journalist and someone whose opinion or statements he or she wishes to record for publication, broadcast etc.

    The reporter gave the witness an interview.

  4. interviewnoun

    A formal meeting, in person, for the assessment of a candidate or applicant.

    It was a dreadful interview; I have no hope of getting the job.

  5. interviewnoun

    A police interrogation of a suspect or party in an investigation.

  6. interviewverb

    To ask questions of (somebody); to have an interview.

  7. interviewverb

    To be interviewed; to attend an interview.

  8. Etymology: From entreveue (French: entrevue), from entreveer (entre- "inter-" + veeir "to see").

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Interviewnoun

    Mutual sight; sight of each other. It is commonly used for a formal and appointed meeting or conference.

    Etymology: entrevue, French.

    The day will come, when the passions of former enmity being allayed, we shall with ten times redoubled tokens of reconciled love shew ourselves each towards other the same, which Joseph and the brethren of Joseph were at the time of their interview in Egypt. Richard Hooker.

    His fears were, that the interview betwixt
    England and France might, through their amity,
    Breed him some prejudice. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Such happy interview, and fair event
    Of love, and youth not lost, songs, garlands, flow'rs,
    And charming symphonies, attach'd the heart
    Of Adam. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interviewnoun

    a mutual sight or view; a meeting face to face; usually, a formal or official meeting for consultation; a conference; as, the secretary had an interview with the President

  2. Interviewnoun

    a conservation, or questioning, for the purpose of eliciting information for publication; the published statement so elicited

  3. Interviewverb

    to have an interview with; to question or converse with, especially for the purpose of obtaining information for publication

  4. Etymology: [F. entrevue, fr. entrevoir to see imperfectly, to have a glimpse of, s'entrevoir to visit each other. See Inter-, and View.]


  1. Interview

    An interview is a conversation between two or more people where questions are asked by the interviewer to elicit facts or statements from the interviewee. Although interviews are a standard part of journalism and media reporting, the focus of this piece is on how interviews can be used as a tool for psychological research. Wikipedia articles on other types of interviews

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Interview

    in′tėr-vū, n. a mutual view or sight: a meeting: a conference: a visit to a notable or notorious person with a view to publishing a report of his conversation—v.t. to visit with this purpose.—n. In′terviewer, one who visits another for this purpose. [O. Fr. entrevueentre, between, voir, to see.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Interview

    Work consisting of a conversation with an individual regarding his or her background and other personal and professional details, opinions on specific subjects posed by the interviewer, etc.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interview' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2471

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interview' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2171

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interview' in Nouns Frequency: #697

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interview' in Verbs Frequency: #646

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interview in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interview in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of interview in a Sentence

  1. Barack Obama:

    That was pretty impressive. I got the sucker! (after killing a miserable fly during an interview)

  2. Piers Morgan:

    I attended that interview today. As this is an ongoing investigation, I am unable to comment further until its conclusion.

  3. Justice Department:

    And only a few days before, when the case agents attempted to interview him and serve him with a subpoena at his residence, the Defendant at first refused to open the door and then, when he did, told the agents to' get the f *** out of here,'.

  4. Limbaugh Show producer James Golden:

    Tucker did a brilliant interview that should have been done by others in the media, but was not. What did we discover ? – that Kyle Rittenhouse as evidence supports the BLM movement – that Kyle Rittenhouse as evidence actually helped protesters at that riot ; helped get them medical attention, kyle Rittenhouse as evidence was out there to help anybody – we also discovered Kyle Rittenhouse as evidence motivations, whether some might question whether they are wise or not were to protect property – contrary to media assertions Kyle Rittenhouse as evidence did not take a weapon across state lines.

  5. James Franco:

    I do look back at a joke I made on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2014 and I very much regret making that joke. It was a terrible joke, honestly, and I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now.

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