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Definitions for review

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reappraisal, revaluation, review, reassessmentnoun

    a new appraisal or evaluation

  2. review, critique, critical review, review articlenoun

    an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)

  3. follow-up, followup, reexamination, reviewnoun

    a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment

  4. review, limited reviewnoun

    (accounting) a service (less exhaustive than an audit) that provides some assurance to interested parties as to the reliability of financial data

  5. revue, reviewnoun

    a variety show with topical sketches and songs and dancing and comedians

  6. reviewnoun

    a periodical that publishes critical essays on current affairs or literature or art

  7. recapitulation, recap, reviewnoun

    a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion

  8. reviewnoun

    (law) a judicial reexamination of the proceedings of a court (especially by an appellate court)

  9. review, brushupnoun

    practice intended to polish performance or refresh the memory

  10. inspection, reviewverb

    a formal or official examination

    "the platoon stood ready for review"; "we had to wait for the inspection before we could use the elevator"

  11. review, reexamineverb

    look at again; examine again

    "let's review your situation"

  12. review, critiqueverb

    appraise critically

    "She reviews books for the New York Times"; "Please critique this performance"

  13. review, go over, surveyverb

    hold a review (of troops)

  14. review, brush up, refreshverb

    refresh one's memory

    "I reviewed the material before the test"

  15. review, look back, retrospectverb

    look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember

    "she reviewed her achievements with pride"


  1. reviewnoun

    A second or subsequent reading of a text or artifact.

    I need to make a review of the book before I can understand it.

  2. reviewnoun

    An account intended as a critical evaluation of a text or a piece of work.

    The newspaper review was full of praise for the play.

  3. reviewnoun

    A judicial reassessment of a case or an event.

    The victims demanded a full judical review of the case.

  4. reviewnoun

    A stage show made up of sketches etc.

    The Cambridge Footlights Review launched many Monty Python faces.

  5. reviewnoun

    A survey of the available items or material.

    The magazine contained a review of Paris restaurants.

  6. reviewnoun

    A periodical which makes a survey of the arts or some other field.

    The Times Literary Review is published in London.

  7. reviewnoun

    A military inspection or display for the benefit of superiors or VIPs.

    The troops assembled for a review by the Queen.

  8. reviewnoun

    A forensic inspection to assess compliance with regulations or some code.

    The regulators demanded a review against NYSE practices.

  9. reviewverb

    To survey; to look broadly over.

    Before I tackle the question directly, I must briefly review historical approaches to the problem.

  10. reviewverb

    To write a critical evaluation of a new art work etc.; to write a review.

    The critic reviews every new play in London.

  11. reviewverb

    To see again.

  12. reviewverb

    To look back over in order to correct or edit; to revise.

  13. Etymology: From reveue (French: revue), feminine past participle of revoir (French: revoir), from revidere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reviewnoun

    Survey; re-examination.

    Etymology: reveuë, Fr. from the verb.

    We make a general review of the whole work, and a general review of nature; that, by comparing them, their full correspondency may appear. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    The works of nature will bear a thousand views and reviews; the more narrowly we look into them, the more occasion we shall have to admire. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

  2. To REVIEWverb

    Etymology: re and view.

    So swift he flies, that his reviewing eye
    Has lost the chasers, and his ear the cry. John Denham.

    I shall review Sicilia; for whose sight
    I have a woman’s longing. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Segrais says, that the Æneis is an imperfect work, and that death prevented the divine poet from reviewing it; and, for that reason, he had condemned it to the fire. Dryden.

    Shall I the long laborious scene review,
    And open all the wounds of Greece anew. Alexander Pope.


  1. Review

    A review is an evaluation of a publication, product, service, or company or a critical take on current affairs in literature, politics or culture. In addition to a critical evaluation, the review's author may assign the work a rating to indicate its relative merit. A compilation of reviews may itself be called a review. Reviews can apply to a movie (a movie review), video game (video game review), musical composition (music review of a composition or recording), book (book review); a piece of hardware like a car, home appliance, or computer; or software such as business software, sales software; or an event or performance, such as a live music concert, play, musical theater show, dance show or art exhibition In the cultural sphere, The New York Review of Books, for instance, is a collection of essays on literature, culture, and current affairs. National Review, founded by William F. Buckley Jr., is a conservative magazine, and Monthly Review is a long-running socialist periodical.


  1. review

    A review is a detailed evaluation, examination, critique, or analysis of a product, service, performance, piece of art, or literature. It can be written or spoken, and is typically expressed with the purpose to inform others of the reviewer's perspective or opinion on the subject in question. Reviews can influence people's decisions or opinions regarding the item or event being reviewed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reviewnoun

    to view or see again; to look back on

  2. Reviewnoun

    to go over and examine critically or deliberately

  3. Reviewnoun

    to reconsider; to revise, as a manuscript before printing it, or a book for a new edition

  4. Reviewnoun

    to go over with critical examination, in order to discover exellences or defects; hence, to write a critical notice of; as, to review a new novel

  5. Reviewnoun

    to make a formal or official examination of the state of, as troops, and the like; as, to review a regiment

  6. Reviewnoun

    to reexamine judically; as, a higher court may review the proceedings and judgments of a lower one

  7. Reviewnoun

    to retrace; to go over again

  8. Reviewverb

    to look back; to make a review

  9. Reviewnoun

    a second or repeated view; a reexamination; a retrospective survey; a looking over again; as, a review of one's studies; a review of life

  10. Reviewnoun

    an examination with a view to amendment or improvement; revision; as, an author's review of his works

  11. Reviewnoun

    a critical examination of a publication, with remarks; a criticism; a critique

  12. Reviewnoun

    a periodical containing critical essays upon matters of interest, as new productions in literature, art, etc

  13. Reviewnoun

    an inspection, as of troops under arms or of a naval force, by a high officer, for the purpose of ascertaining the state of discipline, equipments, etc

  14. Reviewnoun

    the judicial examination of the proceedings of a lower court by a higher

  15. Reviewnoun

    a lesson studied or recited for a second time

  16. Etymology: [Pref. re- + view. Cf. Review, n. ]


  1. Review

    A review is an evaluation of a publication, product, service, or company such as a movie, video game, musical composition, book; a piece of hardware like a car, home appliance, or computer; or an event or performance, such as a live music concert, play, musical theater show, or dance show. In addition to a critical evaluation, the review's author may assign the work a rating to indicate its relative merit. More loosely, an author may review current events, trends, or items in the news. A compilation of reviews may itself be called a review. The New York Review of Books, for instance, is a collection of essays on literature, culture, and current affairs. National Review, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., is an influential conservative magazine, and Monthly Review is a long-running socialist periodical. In the scientific literature, review articles are a category of scientific paper, which provides a synthesis of research on a topic at that moment in time. A compilation of these reviews forms the core content of a 'secondary' scientific journal, with examples including Annual Reviews, the Nature Reviews series of journals and Trends. A peer review is the process by which scientists assess the work of their colleagues that has been submitted for publication in the scientific literature. A software review is also a form of peer review, by the co-workers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Review

    rē-vū′, v.t. to re-examine: to revise: to examine critically: to see again: to retrace: to inspect, as a body of troops.—n. a viewing again: a reconsideration: a revision: a careful or critical examination: a critique: a written discussion: a periodical with critiques of books, &c.: the inspection of a body of troops or a number of ships: (law) the judicial revision of a higher court.—adj. Review′able, capable of being reviewed.—ns. Review′age, the work of reviewing; Review′al, a review of a book: a critique on a new publication; Review′er, an inspector: a writer in a review.—Court of Review, the court of appeal from the commissioners of bankruptcy. [Fr. revue, pa.p. of revoir—L. re-, again, vidēre, to see.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Review

    An article or book published after examination of published material on a subject. It may be comprehensive to various degrees and the time range of material scrutinized may be broad or narrow, but the reviews most often desired are reviews of the current literature. The textual material examined may be equally broad and can encompass, in medicine specifically, clinical material as well as experimental research or case reports. State-of-the-art reviews tend to address more current matters. A review of the literature must be differentiated from HISTORICAL ARTICLE on the same subject, but a review of historical literature is also within the scope of this publication type.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. review

    The inspection of a fleet or army, or of any body of men under arms.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. review

    An examination or inspection of troops under arms, by a general or commander, for the purpose of ascertaining the state of their discipline, equipments, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. review

    An appraisal or evaluation.

    They completed the business review efficiently and effectively.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'review' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1315

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'review' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1689

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'review' in Nouns Frequency: #525

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'review' in Verbs Frequency: #466

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of review in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of review in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of review in a Sentence

  1. John Cornyn:

    As China has increasingly weaponized investment, it's a national security imperative to strengthen the interagency review process to safeguard military and dual-use technology and know-how.

  2. The FDA:

    We do not consider your response acceptable because you failed to provide documentation for our review, which demonstrates that all your noted corrective actions have been effectively implemented.

  3. Severin Cabannes:

    Since early February, we have carried out a review of all the activities of corporate and investment banking. Our goal is to restore the business' profitability above the cost of capital.

  4. Le Prell:

    This systematic review highlights the very limited data on prevention of recreational music-induced hearing loss using earplugs, at younger ages, loud toys, firecrackers, loud video games, personal stereos or personal music players, lawnmowers or leaf blowers, sporting events or air shows, or other non-music events might be more likely noisy activities than music venue attendance.

  5. Ned Price:

    There’s not going to be much that I can say on a case like this for reasons that you well understand. You heard the president speak to this earlier in the week from Mexico City, just as you heard from the president, the secretary [ Blinken ] was surprised to learn that there were any government records taken to that office. As you know, as is now well known, there is a review of this matter, so we’re going to let that review play out.

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Translations for review

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  • přehlídka, revue, recenze, přezkoumáníCzech
  • Nachprüfung, Überprüfung, Rezension, Kritik, DurchsichtGerman
  • recenzoEsperanto
  • reseñar, crítica, revisar, revista, repaso, repasar, reseña, revisiónSpanish
  • kertaus, arvostelu, kirjoittaa arvosteluFinnish
  • la revue, revue, relecture, critiqueFrench
  • ath-bheachdachadh, lèirmheasScottish Gaelic
  • aavriwnys, aareayrtys, barel, baght, tuarym, aareayrtManx
  • समीक्षाHindi
  • kritika, felülvizsgálat, szemle, folyóiratHungarian
  • գրախոսություն, շքերթArmenian
  • ulasanIndonesian
  • parata, riesame, rivista, revisione, recensione, inventario, riguardare, critica, rivisitazione, rivedere, dare uno sguardo, rivisitare, resoconto, spettacoloItalian
  • 感想文, レビューJapanese
  • reviewLatin
  • arotakenga, arotakeMāori
  • revue, recensieDutch
  • anmeldelseNorwegian
  • recenzja, przegląd, wydanie krytyczne, kontrola, redakcjaPolish
  • crítica, revista, revisão, revisarPortuguese
  • пересмотр, пересматривать, ревизия, пересмотреть, ревю́, рецензия, обозрение, контроль, делать обзор, проверка, критика, обзор, писать рецензиюRussian
  • ompröva, se över, recensera, revy, recensionSwedish
  • సమీక్షTelugu
  • ทบทวนThai
  • yeniden göz atma, inceleme, teftişTurkish
  • جائزہUrdu
  • rövüdVolapük
  • 评论Chinese

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