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From Middle English revewe, reveue, from Old French reveüe, revue (Modern French: revue), feminine form of reveü, past participle of reveoir (French: revoir), from Latin revideō, from re- +videō (see, observe) (English: video). Equivalent to re- +‎ view. Compare retrospect. Doublet of revue.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvjuː/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uː


review (plural reviews)

  1. A second or subsequent reading of a text or artifact in an attempt to gain new insights.
    I need to make a review of the book before I can understand it.
  2. An account intended as a critical evaluation of a text or a piece of work.
    • 1971, Peter Brown, The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150—750, Thames & Hudson LTD (2013 reprint), →ISBN, page 54.
      The more strongly people felt about their ideas, the more potent the demons seemed to them: Christians believed that traditional paganism, far from being the work of men, was an 'opium of the masses', pumped into the human race by the non-human demons; and one scholar even ascribed bad reviews of his book to demonic inspiration!
    The newspaper review was full of praise for the play.
  3. (law) A judicial reassessment of a case or an event.
    The victims demanded a full judicial review of the case.
  4. A stage show made up of topical sketches etc.
    Synonym: revue
    The Cambridge Footlights Review launched many Monty Python faces.
  5. A survey of the available items or material.
    The magazine contained a review of Paris restaurants.
  6. A periodical which makes a survey of the arts or some other field.
    The Times Literary Review is published in London.
  7. A military inspection or display for the benefit of superiors or VIPs.
    The troops assembled for a review by the Queen.
  8. A forensic inspection to assess compliance with regulations or some code.
    The regulators demanded a review against NYSE practices.

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review (third-person singular simple present reviews, present participle reviewing, simple past and past participle reviewed)

  1. To survey; to look broadly over.
    Before I tackle the question directly, I must briefly review historical approaches to the problem.
  2. To write a critical evaluation of a new art work etc.; to write a review.
    The critic reviews every new play in London.
    • 2014 December 23, David E. Sanger, “Countering cyberattacks without a playbook [print version: A cyberwar with no playbook, International New York Times, 26 December 2014, p. 18]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      [] "The Interview," a crude and poorly reviewed comedy about a C.I.A. effort to hire two bumbling journalists to knock off Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader []
  3. To look back over in order to correct or edit; to revise.
    • 2020 July 29, Paul Clifton, “Network Rail lined up to 'take control' of rail services”, in Rail, page 6:
      "Keith Williams is reviewing his review," the source said. "The whole structure of the industry has changed since he wrote his report. [...]"
  4. (transitive, US, Canada) To look over again (something previously written or learned), especially in preparation for an examination.
    Synonym: (UK, Australia, New Zealand) revise
  5. (obsolete) To view or see again; to look back on.
    • c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iv]:
      Cam[illo]   What I do next, ſhall be next to tell the King // Of this Eſcape, and whither they are bound: // Wherein my hope is, I ſhall ſo prevail, // To force him after: in whoſe company // I ſhall review Sicilia; for whoſe ſight, // I have a Woman’s Longing.
  6. (obsolete) To retrace; to go over again.


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