verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to write reviews; review books, movies, etc., as for a newspaper or periodical: He reviews for some small-town newspaper.

Nearby words

  1. reverter,
  2. revery,
  3. revest,
  4. revet,
  5. revetment,
  6. review copy,
  7. reviewal,
  8. reviewer,
  9. revile,
  10. revilement

Origin of review

1555–65; < Middle French revue, noun use of feminine past participle of revoir to see again ≪ Latin revidēre, equivalent to re- re- + vidēre to see; see view

1. Review, criticism imply careful examination of something, formulation of a judgment, and statement of the judgment, usually in written form. A review is a survey over a whole subject or division of it, or especially an article making a critical reconsideration and summary of something written: a review of the latest book on Chaucer. A criticism is a judgment, usually in an article, either favorable or unfavorable or both: a criticism of a proposed plan. The words are interchanged when referring to motion pictures or theater, but review implies a somewhat less formal approach than criticism in referring to literary works: movie reviews; play reviews; book reviews. 8. reconsideration, reexamination. 16. criticize.

Related forms
Can be confusedreview revue (see synonym study at the current entry)


or re·view



a form of theatrical entertainment in which recent events, popular fads, etc., are parodied.
any entertainment featuring skits, dances, and songs.

Origin of revue

1870–75; < French: review

Related formsre·vu·ist, noun

Can be confusedreview revue (see synonym study at review) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for re-view


verb (mainly tr)

to look at or examine againto review a situation
to look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events, etc); rememberhe reviewed his achievements with pride
to inspect, esp formally or officiallythe general reviewed his troops
to read through or go over in order to correct
law to re-examine (a decision) judicially
to write a critical assessment of (a book, film, play, concert, etc), esp as a profession


Also called: reviewal the act or an instance of reviewing
a general survey or reporta review of the political situation
a critical assessment of a book, film, play, concert, etc, esp one printed in a newspaper or periodical
  1. a publication containing such articles
  2. (capital when part of a name)the Saturday Review
a second consideration; re-examination
a retrospective survey
a formal or official inspection
US and Canadian the process of rereading a subject or notes on it, esp in preparation for an examinationAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): revision
law judicial re-examination of a case, esp by a superior court
a less common spelling of revue
Derived Formsreviewable, adjectivereviewer, noun

Word Origin for review

C16: from French, from revoir to see again, from Latin re- re- + vidēre to see


less commonly review


a form of light entertainment consisting of a series of topical sketches, songs, dancing, comic turns, etc

Word Origin for revue

C20: from French; see review

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Word Origin and History for re-view
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