To review is to look at something again or examine something. This word is often used for plans, school activities, criticism, evaluations, and end-of-the-year assessments.

  • Students review their homework assignments in preparation for the test.
  • Teachers help students review material that they have learned so that it’s not forgotten.
  • Let’s review.
  • Leaders in the community reviewed plans for a new grocery store.
  • Supervisors review employees when deciding on whether or not to give them a raise.
  • Derrick reviews his budget on a regular basis so that he knows how much he can spend.


They’re reviewing some plans together.

In these examples, the word "review" is a noun:

  • The cafe received a good review.
  • The website, Yelp, provides customer reviews for a variety of businesses.
  • This website has received generally good reviews.
  • A few of my videos have received negative reviews.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received mostly good reviews.
  • The reviews for the play were negative, so few people went to see it.
  • Sandra received a bad performance review at work.
  • CNN always highlights the year in review at the end of the year.

The person who writes or creates a review is called a reviewer.

  • Reviewers gave the film high praise.
  • The essays were sent to professional reviewers who decided on the merit of each student’s writing.
  • Reviewers of restaurants usually dine anonymously so as not to receive special treatment at the places they want to review.

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December 30, 2015