[ ri-vyoo ]
/ rɪˈvyu /


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


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 confused

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

Examples from the Web for unreviewable

  • The Constitution empowers the president, at his sole and unreviewable discretion, to pardon anyone for any federal crime.

    Will Bush Pardon Himself?|Kenneth Roth|January 18, 2009|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for unreviewable


/ (rɪˈvjuː) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived Forms

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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