I. review re‧view 1 [rɪˈvjuː] noun
1. [countable, uncountable] when a situation or process is examined and considered carefully to see if it can be improved:
review of

• The company is conducting an internal review (= done by employees of the company ) of its activities.

performance reviews of hospitals

• The plant is still under review for possible closure.

2. [countable, uncountable] FINANCE when a Ratings Agency examines particular bonds, debts etc to see if there has been a change in the level of risk that they will not be repaid:

• Moody's has placed $2.5 billion of the company's debt under review for possible upgrading.

3. [countable] an article in a newspaper or magazine that gives an opinion about a new restaurant, product, film etc:

• Despite good reviews from food critics, the restaurant hasn't made a profit in two years.

  [m0] II. review review 2 verb [transitive]
1. to examine or consider a situation or process carefully to see if it can be improved:

• We hired an outside consultant to review our pricing policies.

• The situation is being reviewed on a day-to-day basis.

2. FINANCE to examine particular bonds, debt etc to see if there has been a change in the level of risk that they will not be repaid:

• The company's debt is being reviewed by Moody's for possible downgrading.

3. to write an article saying how good you think a new restaurant, product, film etc is:

• He reviews new models for a car magazine.

— reviewer noun [countable] :

• a reviewer for 'The Detroit News'

4. to look at a document such as a report in detail:

• I need more time to review your report.

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review UK US /rɪˈvjuː/ noun
[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


a review committee/board/panel

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.

Compare AUDIT(Cf. ↑audit) noun
See also PEER REVIEW(Cf. ↑peer review), PERFORMANCE REVIEW(Cf. ↑performance review)
review UK US /rɪˈvjuː/ verb [T]
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.

Compare AUDIT(Cf. ↑audit) verb

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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