review

To review means to look back over something for evaluation or memory. "The year in review" is a popular form of news feature near the end of December.

If your boss wants to give you a review, she wants to look over the history of your job performance. A doctor might review your medical record to help diagnose your sickness. The review of a book or movie often evaluates the work in question based on its strong and weak points, sometimes ending with a recommendation (or a dismissal). Before a big test, you might want to review ("brush up on") your notes.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: review

1
vn
look at again; examine again
practice intended to polish performance or refresh the memory
2
vn
appraise critically
a new appraisal or evaluation
3
n
a periodical that publishes critical essays on current affairs or literature or art
4
n
a variety show with topical sketches and songs and dancing and comedians
5
nv
a formal or official examination
hold a review (of troops)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: review
1

v look at again; examine again

“let's review your situation”
Synonyms:
reexamine
Type of:
analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

v look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember

“she reviewed her achievements with pride”
Synonyms:
look back, retrospect
Type of:
remember, think back
recapture the past; indulge in memories

v refresh one's memory

“I reviewed the material before the test”
Synonyms:
brush up, refresh
Type of:
call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, retrieve, think
recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

n practice intended to polish performance or refresh the memory

Synonyms:
brushup
Types:
rub up
a review that refreshes your memory
Type of:
drill, exercise, practice, practice session, recitation
systematic training by multiple repetitions

n a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion

Synonyms:
recap, recapitulation
Types:
epanodos
recapitulation of the main ideas of a speech (especially in reverse order)
Type of:
capitulation
a summary that enumerates the main parts of a topic

n a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment

Synonyms:
follow-up, followup, reexamination
Type of:
examination, scrutiny
the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

n (accounting) a service (less exhaustive than an audit) that provides some assurance to interested parties as to the reliability of financial data

Synonyms:
limited review
Types:
analytical review
an auditing procedure based on ratios among accounts and tries to identify significant changes
Type of:
accounting, accounting system, method of accounting
a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts

n (law) a judicial reexamination of the proceedings of a court (especially by an appellate court)

Types:
bill of review
a proceeding brought to obtain an explanation or an alteration or a reversal of a decree by the court that rendered it
judicial review
review by a court of law of actions of a government official or entity or of some other legally appointed person or body or the review by an appellate court of the decision of a trial court
Type of:
legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
(law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
2

v appraise critically

“She reviews books for the New York Times”
Synonyms:
critique
Types:
peer review, referee
evaluate professionally a colleague's work
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

n a new appraisal or evaluation

Synonyms:
reappraisal, reassessment, revaluation
Types:
stock-taking, stocktaking
reappraisal of a situation or position or outlook
Type of:
appraisal, assessment
the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth

n an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)

Synonyms:
critical review, critique, review article
Types:
book review
a critical review of a book (usually a recently published book)
notice
a short critical review
rave
an extravagantly enthusiastic review
Type of:
criticism, literary criticism
a written evaluation of a work of literature
3

n a periodical that publishes critical essays on current affairs or literature or art

Types:
literary review
a review devoted to literary criticism
Type of:
periodical
a publication that appears at fixed intervals
4

n a variety show with topical sketches and songs and dancing and comedians

Synonyms:
revue
Types:
follies
a revue with elaborate costuming
Ziegfeld Follies
a series of extravagant revues produced by Flo Ziegfeld
Type of:
variety, variety show
a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
5

n a formal or official examination

“the platoon stood ready for review
Synonyms:
inspection
Types:
check, check-out procedure, checkout
the act of inspecting or verifying
spot check
a check on work performance or product quality made at random times without warning
Type of:
examination, scrutiny
the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

v hold a review (of troops)

Synonyms:
go over, survey
Type of:
inspect
look over carefully
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