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.

Definitions of review
  1. verb
    look at again; examine again
    “let's review your situation”
    synonyms: reexamine
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    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  2. verb
    look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember
    “she reviewed her achievements with pride”
    synonyms: look back, retrospect
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    remember, think back
    recapture the past; indulge in memories
  3. verb
    refresh one's memory
    “I reviewed the material before the test”
    synonyms: brush up, refresh
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    call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, retrieve, think
    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
  4. noun
    practice intended to polish performance or refresh the memory
    synonyms: brushup
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    rub up
    a review that refreshes your memory
    type of:
    drill, exercise, practice, practice session, recitation
    systematic training by multiple repetitions
  5. noun
    a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion
    synonyms: recap, recapitulation
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    recapitulation of the main ideas of a speech (especially in reverse order)
    type of:
    a summary that enumerates the main parts of a topic
  6. noun
    a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment
    synonyms: follow-up, followup, reexamination
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    examination, scrutiny
    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
  7. noun
    (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
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    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
  8. noun
    (law) a judicial reexamination of the proceedings of a court (especially by an appellate court)
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    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
    strict scrutiny
    the most stringent standard of review a court applies to determine whether a law is constitutional
    type of:
    legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
    (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
  9. verb
    appraise critically
    “She reviews books for the New York Times”
    synonyms: critique
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    peer review, referee
    evaluate professionally a colleague's work
    type of:
    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
  10. noun
    a new appraisal or evaluation
    synonyms: reappraisal, reassessment, revaluation
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    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
  11. noun
    an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)
    synonyms: critical review, critique, review article
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    book review
    a critical review of a book (usually a recently published book)
    a short critical review
    an extravagantly enthusiastic review
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    criticism, literary criticism
    a written evaluation of a work of literature
  12. noun
    a periodical that publishes critical essays on current affairs or literature or art
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    literary review
    a review devoted to literary criticism
    type of:
    a publication that appears at fixed intervals
  13. noun
    a variety show with topical sketches and songs and dancing and comedians
    synonyms: revue
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    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
  14. noun
    a formal or official examination
    “the platoon stood ready for review
    synonyms: inspection
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    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)
  15. verb
    hold a review (of troops)
    synonyms: go over, survey
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    type of:
    look over carefully
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