Definition of review in English:



  • 1A formal assessment or examination of something with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary.

    ‘a comprehensive review of defense policy’
    [mass noun] ‘all areas of the company will come under review’
    • ‘A critical review of the current PPP model may help to restore confidence to the market.’
    • ‘He kept JJ under review and reported his views to Mr. Hillier.’
    • ‘Mr Dempsey said the review was necessary because of the escalating costs and time-frame of the inquiry.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for the Prison Service said all prison social clubs had been subject to a recent review, which had led to the closure of some of them.’
    • ‘It was also recommended that a new Audit and Scrutiny Committee be formed as part of the current OIC review of their committee structure.’
    • ‘An academic paper on the study is under review for journal publication.’
    • ‘A further decision was taken to bring forward the date for review of the current system from June to May.’
    • ‘While that search is ongoing, he should instigate a full safety review of the current motorway programme immediately.’
    • ‘Pembroke Dock also enjoys free parking but there is concern that the town could be a casualty of the county council's current review of parking charges.’
    • ‘Lord Irvine said last month he had asked the review body to re-examine the link between his pay and the Lord Chief Justice's.’
    • ‘Why don't bishops undergo periodic review by their clergy, and clergy by the people of the parish?’
    • ‘Albertans have one more day to have their say on the current provincial review of low-income programs.’
    • ‘Hsu said that reviews of environmental impact assessments shouldn't necessarily hamper a developer's plans as long as the applications are written honestly.’
    • ‘Like any process it will be the subject of ongoing review and evaluation.’
    • ‘It is leading to the creation of a review body to examine complaints against judges.’
    • ‘The force must not be overlooked in the government's current rail review.’
    • ‘The council will now be subjected to an external review, before a report called a comprehensive performance assessment on it is published in February.’
    • ‘The study has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal for review and publication.’
    • ‘The government also decided to reject the review body's recommendation that betting should be allowed on the National Lottery.’
    • ‘The cases were selected for release as part of the Home Office's review of the closure period applied to records.’
    analysis, evaluation, assessment, appraisal, examination, investigation, scrutiny, enquiry, exploration, probe, inspection, study, audit
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    1. 1.1A critical appraisal of a book, play, movie, exhibition, etc., published in a newspaper or magazine.
      • ‘As in previous years, J. A. Alien wrote nearly all the book reviews published in 1904.’
      • ‘The play received rave reviews in leading Lahore newspapers like the Nation and the Daily Times.’
      • ‘His first novella, Shopgirl, received solid (if not quite rave) reviews when it was published two years ago.’
      • ‘Still Byrne will be tweaking the format, adding, for instance, a regular entertainment guide with book and film reviews, and beefing up the fashion and beauty sections.’
      • ‘They intend to publish shorter reviews of more books across a wider spectrum.’
      • ‘Critics, whether writing reviews for newspapers, essays, or extended critical works, have to be aware of their complex role as mediators between the composer or performer and the public.’
      • ‘The day after the opening there were rave reviews in all the newspapers.’
      • ‘Once you know what you want, you can begin to collect some information on HR software products and read some of the reviews published in computer magazines.’
      • ‘For the first few years, he spent most of his time on court- and race-reporting and writing theatre, film and book reviews.’
      • ‘Eh, I actually used to do film reviews for Sick Puppy magazine.’
      • ‘It is unusual to publish two independent reviews of the same book.’
      • ‘And it's continued to get excellent reviews in magazines, newspapers, and weblogs.’
      • ‘An analysis of some published reviews of each book usually by noted reviewers or authors is also included.’
      • ‘But the hard-nosed movie critics in America were harder to impress, as the first reviews of the film published across the Atlantic showed yesterday.’
      • ‘On a regular basis, the newspaper runs poetry, fiction, book reviews, essays on reading, author profiles, and excerpts from books.’
      • ‘There have been numerous good reviews published for this book and the general opinion is that this is an excellent book.’
      • ‘The book received rave reviews from liberals and a Pulitzer Prize in the year following its publication.’
      • ‘Do you go out of your way to seek out reviews in newspapers and magazines?’
      • ‘‘Halloween’ opened in fall 1978 to scare the wits out of moviegoers and rave reviews out of film critics, who quickly declared it a new horror classic.’
      • ‘This brings us to the next point: though his film has received rave reviews thus far, some criticize him for not presenting enough evidence to link arms dealing with fish exporting.’
      criticism, critique, write-up, notice, assessment, evaluation, judgement, rating, commentary
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    2. 1.2[often in names]A periodical publication with critical articles on current events, the arts, etc.
      • ‘Old papers can also be rediscovered when they are cited in articles in review journals.’
      • ‘Clearly, little mistakes, compounded by big mistakes, do not make for a credible publication or review.’
      • ‘The majority of articles in this review acknowledged individual and/or systemic racism.’
      • ‘The same methods were used to calculate the 2001 estimates in the current review article.’
      • ‘On the day I have in recollection, Paul Tichlorne had been mooning all morning in my study over a current scientific review.’
      • ‘Now, what I am asking you is, are you aware of law review or public administration articles which deal with this large issue?’
      journal, periodical, magazine, organ, publication, proceedings, annual, quarterly, monthly
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    3. 1.3Law A reconsideration of a judgment, sentence, etc., by a higher court or authority.
      ‘a review of her sentence’
      Compare with judicial review
      [mass noun] ‘his case comes up for review in January’
      • ‘I write further to your solicitor's request for a review of this Authority's decision that you became intentionally homeless.’
      • ‘The issue of whether I had jurisdiction to hear the review was raised.’
      • ‘She concedes that a review by a competent authority was required before the claimant could be considered for release.’
      • ‘They rely on two cases, both decided before the 1996 Act introduced the statutory entitlement to a review of the decision.’
      • ‘However, government prosecutors can execute the sentence while the review is taking place.’
      reconsideration, re-examination, reassessment, re-evaluation, reappraisal, moderation, rethink, another look, a fresh look
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    4. 1.4A report on or evaluation of a subject or past events.
      ‘a review of recent developments in multicultural education’
      ‘the CEO's end-of-year review’
      • ‘Doodling, the informal artform, is chronically under-funded, rarely the subject of late-night panel reviews, and yet it thrives.’
      • ‘Parapsychology remains an extremely marginal endeavor, and a very brief review of its current status is in order.’
      • ‘This review will summarize recent developments in our understanding of the causes and consequences of stress.’
      • ‘C NMR data for monoterpenes are reported in a recent review by Ferreira et al..’
      • ‘Further details on byssus formation mostly in the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, can be found in numerous reviews on the subject.’
      • ‘The enormous political and social ramifications of the opium trade at home and abroad are the subject of numerous excellent reviews, most notably Jack Beeching's The Chinese opium wars.’
      • ‘Gisselquist says his reviews of past studies suggest sexual transmission is the cause of only one-third of Africa's HIV infections.’
      • ‘Experts in the field prepare reports and reviews for the Government, and we must take account of them, but it would be foolish for us to make a decision that was not based on the scientific evidence.’
      • ‘The report released last week appears to be the first stage in this process - a review of existing reports.’
      • ‘It is not the intention to provide a comprehensive review of chlorophyll fluorescence theory and applications, since this has been the subject of other recent reviews.’
      • ‘There is a brief review of the past year's best posts.’
      • ‘The report has a review of all reactor options, Russian-made and others.’
      • ‘The visitor then began a review of recent developments.’
      • ‘For reviews on the subject see Brown and London and Edidin.’
      • ‘Thus, we limited our review to studies reporting compliance rates for ICSs.’
      • ‘Most of the articles evaluated in this review used the Westley croup scoring system to measure symptoms.’
      • ‘Recent reviews report that Si accumulation is, in general, higher in monocot than in non-monocot species.’
      • ‘In addition, we searched citations of key papers, recent reviews of the subject, and conference proceedings (using the Web of Science).’
      • ‘Recent reviews provide an up-to-date evaluation of the status of ethylene signalling elements in species of agronomic importance.’
      • ‘Recent case reports and reviews of the literature have highlighted similar scenarios.’
      survey, report, study, account, record, description, exposition, statement, delineation, overview, rundown, breakdown, overall picture
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  • 2A ceremonial display and formal inspection of military or naval forces, typically by a sovereign, commander in chief, or high-ranking visitor.

    • ‘This took the form of epic paintings, festivals, monumental architecture, the Bulletins of the Grand Army, dazzling uniforms, and military reviews.’
    • ‘Military parades and reviews, not surprisingly in a country ruled by a general, were an almost daily spectacle.’
    • ‘In the tradition of naval reviews world wide, one of the high points will be the march through the streets of Sydney by a massed assembly of sailors from around the world.’
    • ‘In yesterday's military review, the army presented the largest parade of troops in recent years to President Chen.’
    • ‘This press pool report on President Bush conducting an impromptu review of troops leaving for Iraq is touching.’
    • ‘It was a naval review of the young Soviet state that wanted to position itself as a naval power.’
    • ‘I myself had attended a naval and military review and a mayoral banquet.’
    • ‘The military reviews advertised a European-style professional army as among the chief blessings of a strong national government.’
    • ‘The Prince of Wales watched the fleet review on board the survey ship HMS Scott with the Duchess of Cornwall.’
    inspection, parade, display, demonstration, field day, tattoo, array, muster, procession
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  • 1Examine or assess (something) formally with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary.

    ‘the company's safety procedures are being reviewed’
    • ‘The company pledged to review its security procedures in light of the highly-embarrassing attack.’
    • ‘They are scheduled to formally review the progress in bilateral talks on all outstanding issues in August.’
    • ‘Medecins Sans Frontieres have shown no intention to review their decision to pull out of the country in July for their workers' safety.’
    • ‘Apple agrees it's necessary to review the way things have been done in the past and change them to fit a new world.’
    • ‘Here at hecklerspray, it's our responsibility to assess and review advertisements, especially the ones that need to be pulled from the air.’
    • ‘In June 1994 the Commission also announced its intention to review Directive 90 220.’
    • ‘The institutes will review the findings and recommendations in the report carefully over coming weeks.’
    • ‘The group will meet at least once a year to assess and review the plan.’
    • ‘Comments and views will be received up until June 13, when the agency will review the map and make any necessary changes in the light of public feedback.’
    • ‘Every UK local authority website is reviewed and assessed against e-government and good practice criteria.’
    • ‘An Air Transport Association spokesman said airlines are reviewing the plan and will later comment formally.’
    • ‘When necessary, priorities were reviewed and time reallocated to provide this elective.’
    • ‘With single-name notes came more risk and banks began to review their credit procedures.’
    • ‘PhotoForum can see that it is necessary to review tertiary education.’
    • ‘The council says it has no intention of reviewing the decision.’
    • ‘The spokeswoman said the SEC always reviews its policies and procedures at the end of each examination season.’
    • ‘‘We'll try to economize the use of water first and make necessary adjustments while reviewing the measure in the end of December,’ he said.’
    • ‘In Hobart for the state launch of the AFI awards screening, Mr Lawrence said the institute had reviewed its role and was now looking to a promising future.’
    • ‘The government should take its next step by rethinking and reviewing its policies.’
    • ‘Downer said Australia has no intention of immediately reviewing its policy of sanctions against Fiji.’
    1. 1.1Write a critical appraisal of (a book, play, movie, etc.) for publication in a newspaper or magazine.
      ‘I reviewed his first novel’
      • ‘They found that 72 percent of all books reviewed were written by men and that men comprised two-thirds of the reviewers.’
      • ‘Berkeley astrophysicist Joseph Silk got a jab in while reviewing a popular book Thorne had written on general relativity.’
      • ‘One reason that avant-garde film wasn't reviewed in newspapers during my time as a critic had to do with the avant-garde film world.’
      • ‘And I became interested in book reviewing, in writing the entertaining or amusing review, in the construction of reviews and essays.’
      • ‘In her naiveté she had thought that all serious books were reviewed in the major newspapers, especially The New York Times.’
      • ‘So, obviously, he makes sure that he reviews the books written by everybody else in the newspaper racket, just to ensure that he gets a favourable reception when it comes round to his own book-plugging time.’
      • ‘He also reviewed 130 publications and wrote 10 memorials.’
      • ‘The Tech Zone reviews the Card Cooler XT, which you can own in exchange for 34 of your US dollars.’
      • ‘He began reviewing for small gay newspapers and now writes for Harper's, Salmagundi, The Antioch Review and Newsday.’
      • ‘Anyway, that's what it must be like to review a film critical of your boss for the newspaper your boss owns and operates.’
      • ‘The Gazette reviews the plays and talks to two youngsters who have shared in their success.’
      • ‘Tyree's earlier work has been reviewed in well-regarded publications such as Kirkus Book Review and Publisher's Weekly.’
      • ‘There are so many aspects to consider when reviewing a film, that the plot is probably the least important.’
      • ‘After a stint reviewing books for the Library Journal magazine, Pearl tired of being a critic.’
      • ‘But here's the caveat: Not all books written by newspaper reporters should be reviewed.’
      • ‘Senior Editor Doris Hering has been writing and reviewing for Dance Magazine since 1946.’
      • ‘For he was neither a trained academic with a Ph.D., nor simply a journalist who reviewed new books or wrote about current events.’
      • ‘Back in April, I reviewed Volume 8 in Paramount's ongoing DVD series.’
      • ‘Pilger's book has been reviewed just twice in national newspapers, in the Guardian and Independent.’
      • ‘The children, all between 10 and 16 were given an introduction on film appreciation and how a film should be critically reviewed.’
      comment on, discuss, evaluate, assess, appraise, judge, weigh up, rate, write up, critique, criticize
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    2. 1.2Law Submit (a sentence, case, etc.) for reconsideration by a higher court or authority.
      ‘the attorney general asked the court to review the sentence’
      • ‘Following conviction, an accused person must have the right to have the sentence and conviction reviewed by a higher tribunal or court, according to law.’
      • ‘And, for the sake of comparison, I couldn't find any reference to the US Supreme Court reviewing mandatory sentencing laws either.’
      • ‘However, where an administrative body originally exercised the power to deprive people of their liberty, they must have the right to have their case reviewed by a court.’
      • ‘Last week, the Supreme Court decided to review the Adarand case yet again.’
      • ‘Governor Pataki has filed an appeal, and an appellate court will review the CFE case in October.’
      • ‘Of the roughly 28,000 appellate court decisions made each year, only 80 to 90 are reviewed by the Supreme Court.’
      • ‘His case was reviewed at the High Court in Glasgow on Monday to comply with European legislation, which states that murderers must know how much time must be served before they can apply for parole.’
      • ‘When Soviet authorities reviewed his case before a special tribunal in 1956, they shortened his sentence to time already served.’
      • ‘The defense lawyers will ask the Ohio Supreme Court to review the case.’
      • ‘His decision is stayed until the state supreme court reviews the case.’
      • ‘That is why there is an urgent need to review this case and submit all the facts to an independent inquiry.’
      • ‘That is why it appears that this particular case with Mr Ferdinands and the penalty imposed by the Commissioner is not a matter that can be reviewed by the District Court.’
      • ‘The Court may have declined to review the case because its outcome seemed to be determined by recent Court precedents.’
      • ‘An appellate or reviewing Court will set aside a decision affected by bias.’
      • ‘Here in the High Court I am begging that my case be reviewed again because I cannot return to my country.’
      • ‘Japan may extradite its nationals to a country with which it has such a treaty only after the case is reviewed by the Tokyo High Court and at the government's discretion.’
      • ‘But what to do about people who had already been sentenced under the old scheme, and whose sentences were now being reviewed via habeas corpus?’
      • ‘The US Supreme Court declined to review her case and her last resort is the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.’
      • ‘The court is only authorized to review cases if it is presented with new facts or proof of innocence.’
      • ‘The prison warden in this case will undoubtedly ask the Supreme Court to review this case.’
    3. 1.3Survey or evaluate (a subject or past events)
      ‘in the next chapter we review a number of recent empirical studies’
      • ‘In the first chapter, the editors review the normal aging process and the success of healthy aging.’
      • ‘Chapters Four and Five summarize the issues reviewed in the first three chapters.’
      • ‘It reviews and evaluates on an ongoing basis, the effectiveness of all policies, programs and activities concerning individuals with disabilities.’
      • ‘Often, after summing up the subject he is reviewing, he steps back and argues eloquently for both the difficult and the impossible.’
      • ‘Chapter 17 is the sole chapter reviewing marine natural products.’
      • ‘Reed briefly reviewed different methods for assessing susceptibility to extirpation for scoring conservation priorities.’
      • ‘In order to understand this relationship, it is necessary to review recent developments in the theory of hospitality.’
      • ‘Mason sees the years 1946-55, reviewed in Chapter 5, as the glory years for savings and loans.’
      • ‘The next three chapters review in detail the four major lending booms and subsequent collapses.’
      • ‘Sorry to bore you but it is necessary to review a few things here for the IQ-impaired.’
      • ‘Before this, however, it is necessary to review a range of other descriptions of industrial clusters.’
      • ‘The forum concludes that morning with a general session reviewing the top issues facing the dairy industry today.’
      • ‘This chapter reviews some of the economic aspects of smoking cessation.’
      • ‘Past nursing theories are reviewed and analysis is achieved by the presentation of four theoretical domains of nursing.’
      • ‘This page reviews the steps necessary to sending back colorful HTML reports to the Institute via email.’
      • ‘Barron et al. reviewed and quantitatively evaluated different implementations of the method.’
      • ‘Weigle reviewed the past, present, and future of pharmacologic treatments for obesity.’
      • ‘Finally, he reviews price-to-cash-flow ratios to assess capital spending and working capital.’
      • ‘Separate chapters review what is known about the ocean floor of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.’
      • ‘In the meantime, let's review the past ten chapters for those of you with short-term memory loss.’
      survey, study, research, consider, take stock of, analyse, audit, examine, scrutinize, enquire into, make enquiries into, explore, look into, probe, investigate, conduct investigations into, inspect, assess, appraise, size up
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  • 2(of a sovereign, commander in chief, or high-ranking visitor) make a ceremonial and formal inspection of (military or naval forces)

    • ‘In 1915, Brigadier General Abbot reviewed the Bradford City Volunteers.’
    • ‘She reviewed three combined military civilian units, who move into the violent areas once the insurgents are gone, trying to quickly establish order there.’
    • ‘General Pershing inspected and reviewed the 42nd Division on March 16.’
    • ‘The phantasmagoria includes a scene depicting the French emperor reviewing an army of hideous demons.’
    • ‘Today, the Queen reviews the Fleet (presumably both the Red and the Blue bits).’
    inspect, view, scrutinize
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  • 3View or inspect visually for a second time or again.

    ‘all slides were then reviewed by one pathologist’
    • ‘Four experienced pathologists reviewed all NHL diagnoses and classified them according to the working formulation for NHL.’
    • ‘I did not remember a hood being on the gun until I reviewed the pictures taken before going to the range.’
    • ‘We will definitely be viewing and reviewing more of these superb birding videos, starting with the double DVD, Watching Sparrows.’
    • ‘Additionally, all gross examinations performed by nonpathologist individuals must be reviewed by a pathologist.’
    • ‘The costs involved in reviewing surgical pathology slides are outweighed by the potential cost of unnecessary or erroneous treatment.’
    • ‘Our view, having reviewed all the material, is that judgments went to (although not beyond) the outer limits of the intelligence available.’
    • ‘Postmortem examinations were conducted to an agreed protocol and reviewed by independent paediatric pathologists.’
    • ‘The program uses thousands of slides that are reviewed by a wide variety of practicing cytotechnologists and cytopathologists in a variety of practice settings.’
    • ‘Or is the world a place where our death is viewed and reviewed under the reality of the cross of Christ?’
    • ‘Cases were randomly selected and reviewed by one pathologist.’
    • ‘Each month, following the ADASP recommendations, cases were randomly selected and reviewed by 1 pathologist.’
    reconsider, re-examine, reassess, re-evaluate, reappraise, moderate, rethink, think over, take another look at, take a fresh look at, look at in a different light, have another think about
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Late Middle English (as a noun denoting a formal inspection of military or naval forces): from obsolete French reveue, from revoir see again.