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  1. a general outline of a subject or situation; survey or summary.
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Origin of overview

First recorded in 1540–50; over- + view
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Related Words for overview

audit, sketch, analysis, synopsis, examination, critique, outline, review, scrutiny, syllabus, inquiry, study, inspection, thumbnail, view, pandect

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  • The overview is labelled "Wide fertile Valley with but little Timber."


    Tony P. Wrenn

British Dictionary definitions for overview


  1. a general survey
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Word Origin and History for overview


"survey, summary," 1934, American English, from over- + view (n.). In 17c. it meant "inspection, supervision," but this became obsolete.

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