Definition of overview in English:



  • A general review or summary of a subject.

    ‘a brief overview of the survey’
    • ‘The brief historical overviews and capsule summaries of relevant legislation and systemic mechanisms in place under the first are excellent ‘neat’ glimpses of the bigger international picture.’
    • ‘It is by far superior to other texts designed to be concise overviews of the subject.’
    • ‘For those who have an unhealthy interest in my life I've decided to post a brief overview of the week that wasn't.’
    • ‘All 20 chapters are brief overviews of medical issues relevant to men, with the topics organized in a nontraditional way.’
    • ‘I can give only the briefest of overviews here before getting to the details of printing.’
    • ‘Each section contains case studies of projects or individuals, supplemented with slightly briefer overviews of some individual systems, applications or design groups.’
    • ‘Everything you heard from them was nothing more than a brief overview of the truth.’
    • ‘This is an admirable book and should be the first stop for anyone interested in a dispassionate overview of the subject.’
    • ‘Finally, there is a checklist going back over everything as a brief overview.’
    • ‘There are few surprises here, but it gives a comprehensive overview of the subject.’
    • ‘In brief prologues he presents overviews of antebellum gardens and their designs, characteristics, and functions in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.’
    • ‘Following are brief overviews of just a few of the sessions presented this year.’
    • ‘All I can find are brief overviews, and I want some good literature, not a list of facts.’
    • ‘Their exposure to, and explicit training in, postmodernism varied as well, from programs that offered brief overviews to programs that were fully immersed in postmodern thought.’
    • ‘Their Nobel lectures serve only as a brief overview of their work.’
    • ‘The first section, on placebo effects, provides an accurate overview of current scientific thought.’
    • ‘From time to time we will give a brief overview on the experience and expertise of certain members.’
    • ‘The following sections will give brief overviews of some broad classes of disease.’
    • ‘Well, you can find articles that give overviews of the whole subject and also of the various parts of it (causation, moral responsibility, etc.)’
    • ‘It also gives an overview of current practitioners of the discourse and their procedures.’
    synopsis, precis, résumé, abstract, abridgement, digest, compendium, condensation, encapsulation, abbreviated version
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[with object]
  • Give a general review or summary of.

    ‘the report overviews the needs of the community’
    • ‘You also get the opportunity to overview the development of the band and see whether they are really great.’
    • ‘The commission overviews the industry not only to protect the public and racing participants but the horses as well.’
    • ‘This section overviews the traditional notions of audience composition in the long nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Neurotech Business Reports overviews the most recent business news from across the neurotechnology industry.’
    • ‘Three of these initiatives are overviewed below.’
    • ‘This article overviews significant developments in couple therapy over the last decade.’
    • ‘Before examining the implications of these behaviors, the next section briefly overviews the concept of Internet addiction more generally.’
    • ‘By contrast, the augmentation story overviewed here is extraordinary.’
    • ‘Also, a brief overview of the story is contained, but it is cursory and superficially overviewed here, and doesn't spoil or resolve anything.’
    • ‘Pieces had been written immediately after the accident overviewing migrant life, but none really had scratched the surface as to what it had been like for the ten dead men in the truck.’
    • ‘After reading Hugh's recommendation and quickly overviewing both products, I opted to install MailWasher on my system.’
    • ‘He said the union would visit all Wasa stations in Tobago to overview the health and safety issues there.’
    • ‘The whole genome sequence assembly was overviewed at the GenBank site.’
    • ‘The following table, taken from the manufacturer's package insert, overviews the contraindications and dosing revisions.’
    • ‘The current proposals are being overviewed this month, but is the yuppie public ready to buy ‘market rate’ condos in Woodward's?’
    • ‘In this chapter, a holistic approach will be taken, overviewing the parameters of infringing treatment in light of decisions taken by the various international bodies.’
    • ‘In a short three-page section of volume six of the Matalib, he overviews the main Aristotelian arguments against the existence of multiple universes and points out their weaknesses and refutes them.’
    • ‘The remaining sections of this chapter overview the key themes of the book.’
    • ‘There's also a quick introductory tour overviewing the whole thing.’
    • ‘The culinary curiosity of the Australian public continues to expand, reflected in television programs that have overviewed Cuban cuisine several times via some international chefs.’