a general outline of a subject or situation; survey or summary.

1540–50; over- + view

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overview (ˈəʊvəˌvjuː)
a general survey

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"survey, summary," 1934, Amer.Eng., from over + view (n.).
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Example sentences
Psoriatic arthritis: overview and guidelines of care for treatment with an
  emphasis on biologics.
Introduce to students the concept of public lands from the overview above.
What follows is an overview of the long and continued struggle to find the
  perfect lie detector.
For an overview about roses and their care, click here.
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