[ in-ter-vyoo ]
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  1. a formal meeting in which one or more persons question, consult, or evaluate another person: a job interview.

  2. 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.

  1. the report of such a conversation or meeting.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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)
  1. to have an interview; be interviewed (sometimes followed by with): She interviewed with eight companies before accepting a job.

  2. to give or conduct an interview: to interview to fill job openings.

Origin of interview

First recorded in 1505–15; inter- + view; replacing enterview, from Middle French entrevue, noun use of feminine of entrevu “glimpsed,” past participle of entrevoir “to glimpse,” from entre “between” + voir “to see”

Other words from interview

  • in·ter·view·a·ble, adjective
  • pre·in·ter·view, noun, verb (used with object)
  • qua·si-in·ter·viewed, adjective
  • re·in·ter·view, noun, verb (used with object)
  • self-in·ter·view, noun
  • un·in·ter·viewed, adjective

Words Nearby interview Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use interview in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for interview


/ (ˈɪntəˌvjuː) /

  1. a conversation with or questioning of a person, usually conducted for television, radio, or a newspaper

  2. a formal discussion, esp one in which an employer assesses an applicant for a job

  1. to conduct an interview with (someone)

  2. (intr) to be interviewed, esp for a job: he interviewed well and was given the position

Origin of interview

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

Derived forms of interview

  • interviewee, noun
  • interviewer, noun

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