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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.
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Origin of review

First recorded in 1555–65; from Middle French revue, noun use of feminine past participle of revoir “to see again,” ultimately from Latin revidēre, equivalent to re-re- + vidēre “to see”; see view

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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.



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What is a basic definition of review?

A review is judgement or discussion of the quality of something. Review also means to go over a subject again as part of study or to look at something another time. Review has many other senses as both a noun and a verb.

A review is a critique of something—a look at something’s good and bad points. Reviews are very common in every industry, and many people rely on them to learn more about something they are interested in, especially something they want to buy. A person who writes a review is a reviewer.

  • Real-life examples: You can find reviews of almost anything online, such as movies, books, vacation spots, and schools. Websites like Amazon, Google Maps, and Rotten Tomatoes offer reviews of things. Most companies will even boast about good reviews that they get.
  • Used in a sentence: I want to see the new movie because I heard it got good reviews. 

Review is used in this sense as a verb to mean to write or otherwise create (like a video) a review of something.

  • Used in a sentence: Cho began her career by reviewing television shows for her YouTube channel. 

Review is also used to mean to go over a subject again to master it or to remember the material better. Your school teachers likely reviewed previous lessons with your class more than once before a test. When studying a new language, you will review words and grammar rules many times to help commit them to memory.

  • Real-life examples: One of the main reasons teachers assign homework is so students will review the topics they learned that day. College students will often review an entire semester’s worth of notes the night before an important exam.
  • Used in a sentence: Diego reviewed the geometry chapters with his tutor to understand the math better. 

Review is used in this sense as a noun to refer to an exercise or session that involves reviewing subject matter.

  • Used in a sentence: Prof. Lopez led the review of the properties of the noble gases. 

As a verb, review can also mean to read, view, or look at something again.

  • Real-life examples: Someone putting together furniture will likely review the directions many times before they’re done. A chef will review a recipe that they are trying for the first time to make sure they don’t make a mistake. A writer will review their work for errors or grammar mistakes before giving it to an editor.
  • Used in a sentence: Lola reviewed her letter to Santa Claus to make sure she included everything she wanted. 

Where does review come from?

The first records of review come from around 1555. It ultimately comes from a combination of the Latin revidēre, meaning “to see again.”

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What are some other forms related to review?

  • reviewer (noun)
  • reviewable (adjective)
  • reviewability (noun)
  • reviewless (adjective)
  • nonreviewability (noun)

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How is review used in real life?

Review is a very common word that often refers to criticisms of products or to reexamining information to understand it better.

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Is review used correctly in the following sentence?

Most critic reviews of the movie said it was terrible and not worth the ticket price.

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British Dictionary definitions for review

/ (rɪˈvjuː) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of review

reviewable, adjectivereviewer, noun

Word Origin for review

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