Definition of review verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    review

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvjuː//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they review
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvjuː//
     
    he / she / it reviews
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvjuːz//
     
    past simple reviewed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvjuːd//
     
    past participle reviewed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvjuːd//
     
    -ing form reviewing
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvjuːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvjuːɪŋ//
     
    Exams and assessment, Writing and publishing, Film reviews and promotion
     
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  1. 1  review something to carefully examine or consider something again, especially so that you can decide if it is necessary to make changes synonym reassess to review the evidence The government will review the situation later in the year. Staff performance is reviewed annually. Synonymsexamineanalyse review study discussThese words all mean to think about, study or describe somebody/​something carefully, especially in order to understand them, form an opinion of them or make a decision about them.examine to think about, study or describe an idea, subject or piece of work very carefully:These ideas will be examined in more detail in Chapter 10.analyse/​analyze to examine the nature or structure of something, especially by separating it into its parts, in order to understand or explain it:The job involves gathering and analysing data. He tried to analyse his feelings.review to examine something again, especially so that you can decide if it is necessary to make changes:The government will review the situation later in the year.study to examine somebody/​something in order to understand them or it:We will study the report carefully before making a decision.examine or study?You examine something in order to understand it or to help other people understand it, for example by describing it in a book; you study something in order to understand it yourself.discuss to write or talk about something in detail, showing the different ideas and opinions about it:This topic will be discussed at greater length in the next chapter.Patterns to examine/​analyse/​review/​study/​discuss what/​how/​whether… to examine/​analyse/​review/​study/​discuss the situation/​evidence to examine/​analyse/​review/​study/​discuss something carefully/​critically/​systematically/​briefly
  2. 2  review something to think about past events, for example to try to understand why they happened synonym take stock (of something) to review your failures and triumphs She had been reviewing the previous week on her way home.
  3. 3  review something to write a report of a book, play, film/movie, etc. in which you give your opinion of it The play was reviewed in the national newspapers. See related entries: Writing and publishing, Film reviews and promotion
  4. 4review somebody/something to make an official inspection of a group of soldiers, etc. in a military ceremony The Commander-in-Chief reviewed the troops.
  5. 5  review something (especially North American English) to look again at something you have studied, especially in order to prepare for an exam We will be reviewing all the topics covered this semester. See related entries: Exams and assessment
  6. 6  review something (especially North American English) to check a piece of work to see if there are any mistakes Review your work before you turn it in.
  7. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun denoting a formal inspection of military or naval forces): from obsolete French reveue, from revoir ‘see again’.Extra examples Jonas helped me review for the test. Pull out your budget and critically review each line on it. Safety procedures are being urgently reviewed after a chemical leak at the factory. The film has been favourably reviewed in a number of papers. The movie has been favourably/​favorably reviewed on various websites. This case should be reviewed in the light of new evidence. This figure will be reviewed from time to time in the light of inflation. This figure will be reviewed periodically in the light of inflation. We are currently reviewing the situation. After reviewing the evidence, the judge dismissed the case. I think it would be a good idea to review the material in chapter 10. Next week we’re going to be reviewing for the final. Take a little time to review your notes the evening before. The decision may need to be reviewed in the light of new evidence.
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