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.

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
Related formsre·view·a·ble, adjectivere·view·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·view·less, adjectivenon·re·view·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·re·view·a·ble, adjectivepre·re·view, noun, verb (used with object)re·re·view, verbun·re·view·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·viewed, adjectivewell-re·viewed, adjective
Can be confusedreview revue (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for review

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.


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

Examples from the Web for review

Contemporary Examples of review

Historical Examples of review

  • Martin began to review the course of his own past, and smiled bitterly.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • "I hope they'll like it, the people who review it," she answered.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • If my judgment ripen with my years, perhaps I may review them.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • He once began a review of George Eliot's biography, but left it unfinished.

  • Proclaim at daybreak that I myself will review the troops in the Vivarrambla.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for review


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 review

mid-15c., "an inspection of military forces," from Middle French reveue "a reviewing, review," noun use of fem. past participle of reveeir "to see again, go to see again," from Latin revidere, from re- "again" (see re-) + videre "to see" (see vision). Sense of "process of going over again" is from 1560s; that of "a view of the past, a retrospective survey" is from c.1600. Meaning "general examination or criticism of a recent work" is first attested 1640s.


1570s, "examine again," from re- + view (v.). Meaning "look back on" is from 1751; that of "consider or discuss critically" is from 1781. Related: Reviewed; reviewing.



1872, "show presenting a review of current events," from French revue, from Middle French, literally "survey," noun use of fem. past participle of revoir "to see again" (see review (n.)). Later extended to shows consisting of a series of unrelated scenes.

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