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Definition of review noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] an examination of something, with the intention of changing it if necessary a review of the state's education policy The case is subject to judicial review. His parole application is up for review next week. The terms of the contract are under review. a wage/salary review a review body/date/panel
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a report in a newspaper or magazine, or on the Internet, television, or radio, in which someone gives their opinion of a book, play, movie, etc.; the act of writing this kind of report a book review the review section of the paper good/bad/mixed/rave reviews in the press He submitted his latest novel for review. Topic CollocationsLiteraturebeing a writer write/publish literature/poetry/fiction/a book/a story/a poem/a novel/a review/an autobiography become a writer/novelist/playwright find/have a publisher/an agent have a new book out edit/revise/proofread a book/text/manuscript dedicate a book/poem to…plot, character, and atmosphere construct/create/weave/weave something into a complex narrative advance/drive the plot introduce/present the protagonist/a character describe/depict/portray a character (as…)/(somebody as) a hero/villain create an exciting/a tense atmosphere build/heighten the suspense/tension evoke/capture the pathos of the situation convey emotion/an idea/an impression/a sense of… engage the reader seize/capture/grip the (reader's) imagination arouse/elicit emotion/sympathy (in the reader) lack imagination/emotion/structure/rhythmlanguage, style, and imagery use/employ language/imagery/humor/an image/a symbol/a metaphor/a device use/adopt/develop a style/technique be rich in/be full of symbolism evoke images of…/a sense of…/a feeling of… create/achieve an effect maintain/lighten the tone introduce/develop an idea/a theme inspire a novel/a poet/somebody's work/somebody's imaginationreading and criticism read an author/somebody's work/fiction/poetry/a text/an article/a poem/a novel/a chapter/a passage review an article/a book/a novel/somebody's work give something/get/have/receive a good/bad review be hailed (as)/be recognized as a masterpiece quote a phrase/a line/a stanza/a passage/an author provoke/spark discussion/criticism study/interpret/understand a text/passage translate somebody's work/a text/a passage/a novel/a poem
  3. 3[countable] a report on a subject or on a series of events a review of customer complaints to publish a review of recent cancer research
  4. 4[countable] (formal) a ceremony that involves an official inspection of soldiers, etc. by an important visitor
  5. 5[countable] a class or period of time in which you look again at something you have studied, especially in order to prepare for an exam
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: review