[ in-ter-vyoo ]
/ ˈɪn tərˌvyu /


a formal meeting in which one or more persons question, consult, or evaluate another person: a job interview.
a meeting or conversation in which a writer or reporter asks questions of one or more persons from whom material is sought for a newspaper story, television broadcast, etc.
the report of such a conversation or meeting.

verb (used with object)

to have an interview with in order to question, consult, or evaluate: to interview a job applicant; to interview the president.

verb (used without object)

to have an interview; be interviewed (sometimes followed by with): She interviewed with eight companies before accepting a job.
to give or conduct an interview: to interview to fill job openings.

Nearby words

  1. intervertebral,
  2. intervertebral disc,
  3. intervertebral disk,
  4. intervertebral foramen,
  5. intervertebral vein,
  6. interviewee,
  7. interviewer,
  8. intervillous lacuna,
  9. intervillous space,
  10. intervocalic

Origin of interview

1505–15; inter- + view; replacing enterview < Middle French entrevue, noun use of feminine of entrevu, past participle of entrevoir to glimpse

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British Dictionary definitions for interview


/ (ˈɪntəˌvjuː) /


a conversation with or questioning of a person, usually conducted for television, radio, or a newspaper
a formal discussion, esp one in which an employer assesses an applicant for a job


to conduct an interview with (someone)
(intr) to be interviewed, esp for a jobhe interviewed well and was given the position
Derived Formsinterviewee, nouninterviewer, noun

Word Origin for interview

C16: from Old French entrevue; see inter-, view

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