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review

Syllabification: re·view
Pronunciation: /rəˈvyo͞o
 
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Definition of review in English:

noun

1A formal assessment or examination of something with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary: a comprehensive review of defense policy all areas of the company will come under review
More example sentences
  • Lord Irvine said last month he had asked the review body to re-examine the link between his pay and the Lord Chief Justice's.
  • It is leading to the creation of a review body to examine complaints against judges.
  • Hsu said that reviews of environmental impact assessments shouldn't necessarily hamper a developer's plans as long as the applications are written honestly.
Synonyms
1.1A critical appraisal of a book, play, movie, exhibition, etc., published in a newspaper or magazine.
Example sentences
  • Still Byrne will be tweaking the format, adding, for instance, a regular entertainment guide with book and film reviews, and beefing up the fashion and beauty sections.
  • It is unusual to publish two independent reviews of the same book.
  • The day after the opening there were rave reviews in all the newspapers.
Synonyms
criticism, critique, assessment, evaluation, commentary
informal take
1.2 [often in names] A periodical publication with critical articles on current events, the arts, etc.
Example sentences
  • Now, what I am asking you is, are you aware of law review or public administration articles which deal with this large issue?
  • The same methods were used to calculate the 2001 estimates in the current review article.
  • On the day I have in recollection, Paul Tichlorne had been mooning all morning in my study over a current scientific review.
Synonyms
journal, periodical, magazine, publication
1.3 Law A reconsideration of a judgment, sentence, etc., by a higher court or authority: a review of her sentence his case comes up for review in January Compare with judicial review.
More example sentences
  • She concedes that a review by a competent authority was required before the claimant could be considered for release.
  • However, government prosecutors can execute the sentence while the review is taking place.
  • I write further to your solicitor's request for a review of this Authority's decision that you became intentionally homeless.
Synonyms
1.4A report on or evaluation of a subject or past events: a review of recent developments in multicultural education the CEO’s end-of-year review
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  • It is not the intention to provide a comprehensive review of chlorophyll fluorescence theory and applications, since this has been the subject of other recent reviews.
  • Recent reviews report that Si accumulation is, in general, higher in monocot than in non-monocot species.
  • C NMR data for monoterpenes are reported in a recent review by Ferreira et al..
Synonyms
survey, report, study, account, description, statement, overview, analysis
2A ceremonial display and formal inspection of military or naval forces, typically by a sovereign, commander in chief, or high-ranking visitor.
Example sentences
  • Military parades and reviews, not surprisingly in a country ruled by a general, were an almost daily spectacle.
  • It was a naval review of the young Soviet state that wanted to position itself as a naval power.
  • I myself had attended a naval and military review and a mayoral banquet.
Synonyms
inspection, parade, tattoo, procession, march past

verb

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1Examine or assess (something) formally with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary: the company’s safety procedures are being reviewed
More example sentences
  • The council says it has no intention of reviewing the decision.
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres have shown no intention to review their decision to pull out of the country in July for their workers' safety.
  • PhotoForum can see that it is necessary to review tertiary education.
Synonyms
remember, recall, reflect on, think through, go over in one's mind, look back on
1.1Write a critical appraisal of (a book, play, movie, etc.) for publication in a newspaper or magazine: I reviewed his first novel
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  • One reason that avant-garde film wasn't reviewed in newspapers during my time as a critic had to do with the avant-garde film world.
  • But here's the caveat: Not all books written by newspaper reporters should be reviewed.
  • In her naiveté she had thought that all serious books were reviewed in the major newspapers, especially The New York Times.
Synonyms
comment on, evaluate, assess, appraise, judge, critique, criticize
1.2 Law Submit (a sentence, case, etc.) for reconsideration by a higher court or authority: the attorney general asked the court to review the sentence
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  • The prison warden in this case will undoubtedly ask the Supreme Court to review this case.
  • And, for the sake of comparison, I couldn't find any reference to the US Supreme Court reviewing mandatory sentencing laws either.
  • However, where an administrative body originally exercised the power to deprive people of their liberty, they must have the right to have their case reviewed by a court.
1.3Survey or evaluate (a subject or past events): in the next chapter we review a number of recent empirical studies
More example sentences
  • Often, after summing up the subject he is reviewing, he steps back and argues eloquently for both the difficult and the impossible.
  • Barron et al. reviewed and quantitatively evaluated different implementations of the method.
  • Chapter 17 is the sole chapter reviewing marine natural products.
2(Of a sovereign, commander in chief, or high-ranking visitor) make a ceremonial and formal inspection of (military or naval forces).
Example sentences
  • The phantasmagoria includes a scene depicting the French emperor reviewing an army of hideous demons.
  • Today, the Queen reviews the Fleet (presumably both the Red and the Blue bits).
  • In 1915, Brigadier General Abbot reviewed the Bradford City Volunteers.
Synonyms
inspect, view
3View or inspect visually for a second time or again: all slides were then reviewed by one pathologist
More example sentences
  • The program uses thousands of slides that are reviewed by a wide variety of practicing cytotechnologists and cytopathologists in a variety of practice settings.
  • Each month, following the ADASP recommendations, cases were randomly selected and reviewed by 1 pathologist.
  • Our view, having reviewed all the material, is that judgments went to (although not beyond) the outer limits of the intelligence available.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (as a noun denoting a formal inspection of military or naval forces): from obsolete French reveue, from revoir 'see again'.

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  • view from (Middle English):

    View goes back to Latin videre ‘to see’. Review (Late Middle English), first recorded as a noun denoting a formal inspection of military or naval forces, is literally a re-viewing. Video [1930s] is the Latin for ‘I see’ just as audio is the Latin for ‘I hear’. Visa (mid 19th century), evidence that your right to enter a country has been checked, is a shortening of Latin charta visa literally ‘seen paper’.

Derivatives

reviewable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Section 303 of the act stipulates that ‘any objection by the President to an individual serving as an inspector… shall not be reviewable in any court’.
  • The judiciary will not take jurisdiction over cases if Congress provides that judicial decisions are subject to revision by the legislature or reviewable by executive officials who would carry it out.
  • As the Board of Property Assessment must certify each decision made by the hearing officers, any decision made by a hearing officer is reviewable by the Board of Property Assessment.

reviewal

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈvyo͞oəl/
noun
Example sentences
  • I intervene in terms of Section 139 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 10 108 of 1996, as amended with immediate effect for three months, subject to reviewal.
  • Indeed, in both places, an increasing number of young families are choosing cremation and burial (without a public reviewal), followed by a worship service.
  • We are ready as the government to meet FleetAfrica and the date of the reviewal will be jointly discussed.

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