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1 the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited); often conducted by journalists; "my interviews with teen-agers revealed a weakening of religious bonds"
2 a conference (usually with someone important); "he had a consultation with the judge"; "he requested an audience with the king" [syn: consultation, audience]


1 conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting [syn: question]
2 discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation; "We interviewed the job candidates"
3 go for an interview in the hope of being hired; "The job candidate interviewed everywhere"

User Contributed Dictionary



From entreveue (French: entrevue), from entreveer (entre- "inter-" + veeir "to see").


  • (UK) /ˌɪntəˈvjuː/, /%Int@"vju:/
  • (US) /ˌɪntɚˈvjuː/, /%Int@`"vju:/


  1. A formal meeting, in person, for the assessment of a candidate or applicant.
    It was a dreadful interview; I have no hope of getting the job.
  2. A conversation in which facts or opinions are sought.
    The reporter gave the witness an interview.
  3. The account of such a conversation.
    The interview was printed the next day.


a formal meeting for the assessment of a candidate or applicant
a conversation in which facts or opinions are sought
  • Armenian: հարցազրույց
  • Croatian: intervju
  • Finnish: haastattelu
  • German: Interview
  • Irish: agallamh
  • Japanese: インタビュー
  • Polish: wywiad
  • Portuguese: entrevista
  • Russian: интервью
the account of such a conversation
  • Armenian: հարցազրույց
  • Croatian: intervju
  • Finnish: haastattelu
  • German: Interview
  • Irish: agallamh
  • Polish: wywiad
  • Portuguese: entrevista
  • Russian: интервью
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  1. To obtain an interview with someone; and to have an interview.
    He interviewed the witness.
    The witness was interviewed.


to obtain an interview

Related terms


Extensive Definition

interview in Czech: Interview
interview in Danish: Interview (journalistisk genre)
interview in German: Interview
interview in Spanish: Entrevista periodística
interview in Esperanto: Intervjuo
interview in French: Interview
interview in Hebrew: ראיון
interview in Lithuanian: Interviu
interview in Hungarian: Interjú
interview in Dutch: Interview
interview in Japanese: インタビュー
interview in Norwegian: Intervju
interview in Polish: Wywiad (rozmowa)
interview in Portuguese: Entrevista
interview in Russian: Интервью
interview in Simple English: Interview
interview in Serbian: Интервју
interview in Finnish: Haastattelu
interview in Swedish: Intervju
interview in Vietnamese: Phỏng vấn

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

appointment, appraisal, appraise, arrangement, assessment, attention, audience, audition, bargaining, bargaining session, blind date, bugging, catechize, check out, conclave, confab, confabulation, conference, confrontation, congress, consultation, convention, conversation, council, council fire, council of war, date, discussion, double date, ear, eavesdropping, electronic surveillance, engagement, engagement book, evaluate, evaluation, examine, exchange of views, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter, favorable attention, hearing, high-level talk, huddle, interchange of views, interrogate, listening, listening in, meeting, negotiations, news conference, palaver, parley, pourparler, powwow, press conference, pump, query, question, quiz, seance, session, sitting, sound out, summit, summit conference, summitry, talk, talk to, test, tryout, vet, vetting, wiretapping, worm out of
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