Definition of “review” - English Dictionary

“review” in British English

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reviewverb

uk /rɪˈvjuː/ us /rɪˈvjuː/

review verb (THINK AGAIN)

C1 [ T ] to think or talk about something again, in order to make changes to it or to make a decision about it:

The committee is reviewing the current arrangement/situation.
Let's review what has happened so far.
He reviewed his options before making a final decision.

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  • With exams approaching, it's a good idea to review your class notes.
  • He reviews films for the local newspaper.
  • Your starting salary is £13 000 per annum and will be reviewed annually.
  • The laws governing the possession of firearms are being reviewed.
  • The company is reviewing its security after the robbery.

reviewnoun

uk /rɪˈvjuː/ us /rɪˈvjuː/

review noun (THINK AGAIN)

C2 [ C or U ] the act of considering something again in order to make changes to it, give an opinion of it or study it:

a review of the year's top news stories
Salary levels are under review at the moment.
Your licence will come up for review every July.

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  • There's a generous review of the book in today's newspaper.
  • The review exposed widespread corruption in the police force.
  • The government has ordered a judicial review.
  • The reviews of his latest movies have been highly complimentary.
  • A review of the firm's safety procedures revealed serious problems.

(Definition of “review” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“review” in American English

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reviewverb [ T ]

us /rɪˈvju/

to consider something in order to make changes in it, study it, or give an opinion about it:

Officials have to review the text before it’s made public.
Pauline Kael reviewed movies (= wrote opinions about movies) for "The New Yorker."
She spent half the night reviewing her notes for the French test (= studying them again).

(Definition of “review” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“review” in Business English

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reviewnoun

uk /rɪˈvjuː/ us

[ C or U ] MANAGEMENT the process of carefully examining a situation to find out whether changes or improvements need to be made:

review of sth The next scheduled review of bonus rates will take place early in the new year.
The matter is currently under review.
a price/pay/spending review
call for/order a review (of sth) The Treasury select committee called last month for a review of the bank's supervisory role.
conduct/carry out a review (of sth) Outside consultants have been called in to conduct a review of the firm's business structure.
launch/complete/conclude a review (of sth) None of the major media companies will be able to act until the Office of Fair Trading concludes its review of commercial broadcasting.
a strategic/independent/comprehensive review Current chairman, Richard Carter, has announced a strategic review.

[ C ] a report that contains important information about a particular subject or activity:

Current business frameworks and methodologies are analysed in the review appearing in Section 2 of the book.
Ofcom has recently published its review of the telecoms market.
Our annual review and accounts are published each year.

[ C ] a short article that someone writes expressing their opinion about something such as a new product or service:

Our website enables shoppers to make side-by-side product comparisons and read customer reviews.
Despite mixed reviews, the movie was a huge box-office success.
a book/restaurant review

[ C ] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE an examination of the accounts of a business to check that they have been done according to accepted standards:

The Committee received reports from the external auditors on the conduct of their audit, their review of the accounts, and their comments on risk management.
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reviewverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈvjuː/ us

MANAGEMENT to carefully examine a situation to find out whether changes or improvements need to be made:

Experts are urging borrowers to review their mortgage arrangements and, if they can, to switch now to a better rate.
The airline said it would continue to review the situation.
The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) reviews all cases before any lawsuits can be filed.
be reviewed by sb/sth The proposed project will be reviewed by several federal agencies.

to provide a written description containing important information about a particular subject or activity:

Before moving onto the next chapter, we review some key factors that limit the impact of CEOs within the corporate structure.

to write a short article expressing your opinion about something such as a new product or service:

Customers reviewing digital cameras are asked to identify whether they are amateur or professional photographers.

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE to examine the accounts of a business to check that they have been done according to accepted standards:

The Auditor's Office generally reviews the books of public agencies every three years.
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(Definition of “review” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)