/ rɪˈvjuː; NAmE / noun , verb
[ U , C ] an examination of sth, with the intention of changing it if necessary :
the government's review of its education policy
The case is subject to judicial review .
His parole application is up for review next week.
The terms of the contract are under review .
a pay / salary review
a review body / date / panel
[ C , U ] a report in a newspaper or magazine, or on the Internet, television or radio, in which sb gives their opinion of a book, play, film / movie, etc.; the act of writing this kind of report :
a book review
the reviews (page) in the papers
good / bad / mixed / rave reviews in the national press
He submitted his latest novel for review.
[ C ] a report on a subject or on a series of events :
a review of customer complaints
to publish a review of recent cancer research
[ C ] ( formal ) a ceremony that involves an official inspection of soldiers, etc. by an important visitor
[ C ] ( NAmE ) a lesson in which you look again at sth you have studied, especially in order to prepare for an exam
■ verb [ vn ]
to carefully examine or consider sth again, especially so that you can decide if it is necessary to make changes
SYN reassess :
to review the evidence
The government will review the situation later in the year.
➡ note at examine
to think about past events, for example to try to understand why they happened
SYN take stock of :
to review your failures and triumphs
She had been reviewing the previous week on her way home.
to write a report of a book, play, film / movie, etc. in which you give your opinion of it :
The play was reviewed in the national newspapers.
to make an official inspection of a group of soldiers, etc. in a military ceremony
( especially NAmE ) to look again at sth you have studied, especially in order to prepare for an exam
( especially NAmE ) to check a piece of work to see if there are any mistakes
late Middle English (as a noun denoting a formal inspection of military or naval forces): from obsolete French reveue , from revoir see again.