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[oh-ver-vyoo] /ˈoʊ vərˌvyu/
a general outline of a subject or situation; survey or summary.
Origin of overview
1540-50; over- + view Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What follows is an overview of the long and continued struggle to find the perfect lie detector.
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  • In the third paragraph she provides a more detailed overview of her research, including her industrial experience.
  • Our interactive overview of government debt across the planet.
  • Readers without accreditation of some kind may have to pay for it, but you can download a good overview for free.
  • The final report consisted of thirteen volumes of recommendations on specific topics, plus a one-volume summary and overview.
  • But here's our overview-a look at a few of the inventions that could make a difference.
British Dictionary definitions for overview


a general survey
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overview

"survey, summary," 1934, American English, from over- + view (n.). In 17c. it meant "inspection, supervision," but this became obsolete.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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