- a critical article or report, as in a periodical, on a book, play, recital, or the like; critique; evaluation.
- the process of going over a subject again in study or recitation in order to fix it in the memory or summarize the facts.
- an exercise designed or intended for study of this kind.
- a general survey of something, especially in words; a report or account of something.
- an inspection or examination by viewing, especially a formal inspection of any military or naval force, parade, or the like.
- a periodical publication containing articles on current events or affairs, books, art, etc.: a literary review.
- a judicial reexamination, as by a higher court, of the decision or proceedings in a case.
- a second or repeated view of something.
- a viewing of the past; contemplation or consideration of past events, circumstances, or facts.
- Bridge. a recapitulation of the bids made by all players.
- Theater. revue.
- to go over (lessons, studies, work, etc.) in review.
- to view, look at, or look over again.
- to inspect, especially formally or officially: to review the troops.
- to survey mentally; take a survey of: to review the situation.
- to discuss (a book, play, etc.) in a critical review; write a critical report upon.
- to look back upon; view retrospectively.
- to present a survey of in speech or writing.
- Law. to reexamine judicially: a decision to review the case.
- Bridge. to repeat and summarize (all bids made by the players).
- to write reviews; review books, movies, etc., as for a newspaper or periodical: He reviews for some small-town newspaper.
Origin of review
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- a form of theatrical entertainment in which recent events, popular fads, etc., are parodied.
- any entertainment featuring skits, dances, and songs.
Origin of revue
Examples from the Web for review
“[I]ndeed, the Civil War was more or less administered from there,” an Esquire review asserts.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
In any case, I welcome the conversation as part of the review of the upcoming slate that we're doing tomorrow.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel
December 21, 2014
U.S. spies are worried the long-awaited Senate review will paint targets on their backs.CIA Offers New Security Checks for ‘Torture Report’ Spies
Shane Harris, Kimberly Dozier
December 9, 2014
Nonetheless, the Mission is working with local schools identified with the United States to review their security posture.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi?
December 3, 2014
After placing Kirk in a cell by herself, she says one LAPD officer “asked to give him a five star Yelp review.”Dispatch From USC Protests over Ferguson
Maya Richard Craven
November 30, 2014
Martin began to review the course of his own past, and smiled bitterly.Dust
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)
He once began a review of George Eliot's biography, but left it unfinished.Heroes of the Telegraph
Proclaim at daybreak that I myself will review the troops in the Vivarrambla.Leila, Complete
- 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
- a publication containing such articles
- (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
less commonly review
- a form of light entertainment consisting of a series of topical sketches, songs, dancing, comic turns, etc
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.
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.